Key Information

  • Destination:
    Nepal
  • Accommodation:
    Tea House Logde
  • Trip Style:
    Trekking and Hiking
  • Transportation:
    Private Vehicle + Domestic Flight
  • Min Person:
    1

About Everest Base Camp Budget Trek

Everest Base Camp trek is a bucket list trekking for lots of people all around the world. But, for some people, the cost to complete this trek is a bit higher than their budget. Everest Base Camp Budget Trek is a flexible option for those who want to reduce the trip cost and choose 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 Everest. Not only that, 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 amazing but different culture, traditions, food and way of life.

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 picks and drops and all other necessary arrangements. Our experienced guides will leave no effort to make your trip worthy. 

The experience you will collect during these 14 days of trekking inside the Everest region is unique, 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 etc. 

Mountain views are the highlights of Everest Base Camp trek especially when you are at a famous viewpoint like Kalapatthar but that’s not all, you will also be a part of unique Sherpa culture while you stay at these traditional villages. At Tengboche monastery and all the villages, you will get to know about the Tibetan Buddhism people living there follow. The combination of wildlife, mountains, culture, tradition and isolation from the rest of the world makes this trek unique from any other trips. Especially when you have Budget Everest Base Camp trek which lets you take control of how much money you want to spend.

 

FAQ

How is the weather in Everest Base Camp and what is the best time for this trek?

Normally, the spring and autumn seasons are more appropriate to have our trekking. In these seasons the weather is less likely to get worse. The humidity is low and the probability of rain is also quite low. And at these seasons the temperature of the atmosphere does not get extreme which makes us easier to trek. 

In winter we can have foggy weather but on the clear days, the snow at those mountains thicken some extra inches which boost the beauty of the Himalayas to the next level complemented by the crystal clear sky. However, the temperature at this season drops low making it more difficult to climb up.

During the summer the mountains face heavy rainfall most of the days, it is the least appropriate season to have the flight. However, we can have a helicopter tour on clear days. One thing we need to take into account is, during summer weather can turn way around within a matter of seconds.

Even though the autumn and spring are the best seasons for Everest Base Camp Trekking, we still can conduct our journey at other seasons as well. We plan the trekking according to the weather forecast of  Meteorological Forecasting Division prioritizing your safety. 

The trail might become a bit crowded as too many people go for trekking in peak seasons. You can decide the season you want to go for trekking according to your preference. 
 

How difficult is the trek and how should I get prepared for it?

The difficulty of Everest Base Camp trekking is strenuous. You have to walk almost 7/8 hours a day in temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius. In addition, the Strenuous trips are much longer than the Moderate Plus treks. The strenuous trips are on average 13-20 days in length. Trekking in such cold climatic conditions and for such a long period of time requires you to have a good level of physical fitness. Besides, you will also need mental toughness to complete these trips.

Suggested Preparation

Cardio exercises include running, cycling, jogging, push-ups, and pull-ups for about 4-5 days a week for 3 months before your trip will begin.

You should also be involved in developing core strength. and muscle endurance through weight training.

Hiking in the hills in different weather conditions will be good preparation for this trip.

If you have access, kayaking will also be a very good way to develop the strength and endurance required for this trip.
 

How many hours should I walk each day?

On average, you can walk 6-7 hours a day. However, it becomes difficult to trek as you go higher. Altitude sickness is one of the major risks while having Everest Base Camp trek. So in order to avoid that risk, you should not rush while trekking. You should take it slow and steady. While returning back, you can walk as much as you can as there is no risk of altitude sickness.

Can I charge the battery during Everest Base Camp Trek trek?

Most of the teahouses you will be staying will provide the facility to charge the batteries in the Everest region. However, you have to pay an extra price for that service.

 

EVEREST BASE CAMP BUDGET TREK HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trek to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world
  • Get to the famous viewpoint of Kalapatthar to catch the best view of the Everest
  • Use of the different trekking route while returning letting you explore more
  • Flexible guide with profound knowledge of the field.
  • Flexible and easy-going working staffs
  • Flexible refund policy ( Read our terms and condition)
  • Easy and secure online payment
  • Recommended accommodation in Kathmandu and best available lodge during the trek
  • Trip Successful certificate after the trip completion.
  • Experienced trip organizer, who has been to Everest base camp trek for more than a decade.
  • Explore the hidden treasure like Monastery, Stupa, seasonal festival, interaction with monks in Tengboche Monastery
  • Acclimatization days to prevent from AMS to make the trip successful 

 

What To Expect

1. Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla

Lukla is the gateway to the Everest region. The easiest, as well as the shortest way to get to Lukla, is by a flight from Kathmandu lasting for about 35 minutes. The flight gives you an enjoyable experience as it flies featuring the aerial views of Kathmandu Valley to Everest region. The plane lands at Tenzing-Hillary airport, one of the highest airports in the world. As the plane lands, you will feel a sense of adventure and joy. The landscape you last saw at the Kathmandu is totally different than the isolated mountainous region. Lukla is also famous for its unpredictable weather shift so the planes may not operate at the decided time sometimes and that is necessary for the safety of everyone.
 

2. Food and accommodation 

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. 
 

3. The sherpas, tradition and culture

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is a great way to explore the culture, tradition and lifestyle of the people who reside in the Khumbu region. This region is dominated by the Sherpa people community who are famous for their mountaineering skills and loyalty. Apart from that, their culture, traditions and lifestyles are interesting to observe. Their major religion is Tibetan Buddhism and the culture is heavily influenced by the culture of Tibet. You will be visiting many monasteries and gompas which are the religious monuments of Sherpa people. You will get to learn in-depth about them in these monuments.
 

4. Sagarmatha National Park

Sagarmatha National Park it the area inside which the mount Everest and several other high mountains, Gokyo lakes, glaciers etc. lie. It is also home to various species of plants and animals. The earlier regions of this national park are covered in beautiful Rhododendron, oak and pine forests with exotic animals like Himalayan Thar, Lesser Pandas, black bear etc and settlements of indigenous people. As you move further, the landscape starts to be more barren with fewer settlements and mountains get closer. The trails start to get rocky and slightly more difficult than earlier but the views start to get more and more outstanding.
 

5. Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar

Everest Base Camp is the major destination of EBC trekking. 7 days of trekking takes you to to the Everest Base Camp from where you will get the spectacular close up view of mountain Lhotse, Nuptse, Khumbu Icefall, glaciers, moraine valleys and other landscapes. However, the Everest itself can’t be seen properly from Everest Base Camp as it is hidden behind Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse. You might also see the camps set by the summit climbers in the expedition season. Kalapatthar is the highest elevation mark you will be achieving during the trek. It is a wonderful vantage point to get the close-up view of Mt. Everest. The view of the sunrise looks mesmerizing from here. Other surrounding mountains and the landscapes also look spectacular from Kalapatthar.
 

6. Glorious views of Himalayas and Landscapes

One of the best things about trekking in the mountainous region in Nepal is getting welcomed by the awesome beauty of nature in each step. The green forests, waterfalls, rivers and glorious mountains can be found along the trails of the Everest Base Camp trek. Some mountains that can be seen during this trek are Cho You Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Chukung Ri, Lobuche etc. Though mountains surround you throughout the trek, there are several spots known as viewpoints from where outstanding views of mountains can be seen like the Tengboche monastery and Kalapatthar.

Everest Base Camp Budget Trek Itinerary & Map

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Picking you up from the airport and driving you to a hotel
  • Briefing of the upcoming trek
  • Shop the gears necessary for the trek if you haven’t already

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 gears if you haven't already, get a permit etc. You can stroll around the streets and have fun in the evening.

Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation:  1,350m/4,428ft

 

DAY 02: Flight to Lukla and Trek to Phakding
  • Early morning  plane flight to Lukla
  • Walk the almost plain terrain to get to Phakding from Lukla

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.

Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 2,652m/8,698ft 
Flight Duration: 35 min.
Trek Duration: 3-4 hours approx.

[If the flight to Lukla gets delayed due to bad weather or other technical issues and you want to get there at your scheduled time, you can book a helicopter with an extra 500 USD per person]

 

DAY 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
  • Lunch at beautiful Monjo valley
  • Walking uphill after crossing a suspension bridge
  • Enjoy the view of Mt. Everest and adjacent mountains along the way
  • Walk Sharp uphill at the final 2 hours of your trek
  • Reach Namche Bazaar and take rest

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. 

Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home, Namche
Elevation: 3,440m/11,283ft
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

 

DAY 04: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar
  • Explore the Namche Bazaar and shop the things you will be needing at the trek (in case you’ve missed anything)
  • Hike up to Everest view hotel and back as a part of your acclimatization
  • Rest during the afternoon at your hotel

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.

Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 3,440m/11,283ft

 

DAY 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
  • Breakfast at Namche Bazaar and set off for the trekking  to Tengboche
  • Get the spectacular view of Ama Dablam and Mt Everest along the way.
  • Trekking to  one of the oldest monasteries (Tengboche monastery)

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.

Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 3,870m/12,684ft
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

 

DAY 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche
  • Cross several villages including Pangboche and Somare and streams to get the splendid views of Mount Ama Dablam.
  • Lunch at Somare village
  • Rest at a hotel at Dingboche at the end of the Day

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.

Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 4,400m/14,435ft
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

 

DAY 07: Acclimatization Day at Dingboche
  • Take a rest at Dingboche
  • Explore the beauty and people of Dingboche village
  • Take a short hike around the village or climb to Garstang hill to witness the beautiful Lhotse, Nuptse.
  • You can catch a glimpse of Island Peak and Expedition crew from Chukung Ri

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. 

Accommodation: Hotel Good Luck, Dingboche
Elevation: 4,400m/14,435ft

 

DAY 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche
  • Walk along the highland and plain terrains  to get to Lobuche
  • Pray for departed trekkers on the memorial
  • Enjoy the view of Lobuche peak and other peaks along the way
  • Enjoy the warm meal and cosy bed of the tea houses at the end of the day.

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 the 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.

Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 4,900m/16,076ft
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours approx.

 

DAY 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp (5364m) to Gorak Shep
  • Trek to Gorak Shep and check in to lodge.
  • Lunch at Gorak Shep and start hiking to Everest base camp ( ultimate destination for EBC trekkers).
  • Get to your final destination on this day (Everest Base Camp)
  • Trek to the Vantage point for the best view of Mount Everest  and the adjacent peaks
  • Catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and other peaks
  • Descend back to Gorak Shep for the night stay

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.

Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 5180m/16,994ft
Trek Duration: 6-7hours approx.

 

DAY 10: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kalapatthar and Back to Pheriche 
  • Trek to Kala Patthar from Gorak Shep to get the best view of  Everest and its adjacent peaks and Khumbu icefall
  • Return back to Gorak Shep using the same route
  • Trek to Pheriche and spend the night 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.

Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 4,371 m /14,340 ft
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours approx.

 

DAY 11: Trek from Pheriche to Namche
  • Descend to Namche from Pheriche while exploring the new route
  • Enjoy the panoramic view of Himalayas along the way
  • Possibilities to see musk deer Himalayan Giant thar and Snow leopard
  • Explore the traditional village Phortse where many climbers were born
  • Catch the trail of Gokyo lake trek

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. 

Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 3,440m/11,284ft
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours approx.

 

DAY 12: Trek from Namche to Lukla
  • Trek down to Lukla to book a flight to Kathmandu
  • Visit the school and the hospital established by Sir Edmund Hillary (optional)
  • Stroll around Lukla and give yourself some rest

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.

Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 2,800m/9,184ft
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours approx.

 

DAY 13: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Catch a flight to Kathmandu
  • You can roam around and explore Thamel
  • Chill in the restaurants, spa, and bars

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.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Elevation:  2,652m/8,698ft 
Flight Duration:  35 min.

[If the flight to Lukla gets delayed due to bad weather or other technical issues and you want to get there at your scheduled time, you can book a helicopter with an extra 500 USD per person]
 

DAY 14: Departure
  • Transferring you to the airport and bidding you farewell

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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Inclusions

  • All the airport pick up and drops
  • 3-star hotel in Kathmandu 
  • Flight fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return to Kathmandu
  • Well experienced guide for the trekking 
  • Down jacket, a Sleeping bag which should be refunded to the company after trip completion
  • National park entrance fees, TIMS card fee
  • Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department
  • All the necessary insurance for the guides 
  • All the necessary bus, car and jeep service for the trip
  • First Aid service in case of minor injuries
  • Salary, foods, and accommodation for guides 
  •  Lodge accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek
  • Porters and assistant guides for the trekking
  • 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 because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain or due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • All the chocolate and dessert items
  • Your Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew

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24 Nov, 2019 - 07 Dec, 2019 Guaranteed $0 USD
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Everest Base Camp Budget Trek Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 2 reviews

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. 

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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