Everest Base Camp Budget Trek - 11 Days

Trip Facts
  • Duration:11 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Max. Altitude: 5560m
  • Start at: Kathmandu
  • End at: Kathmandu
  • Group Size: 2 - 24
  • Best Season: Spring to Autumn

Highlights

  • The Everest base camp budget trek begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, offering stunning views of the Himalayas and landscape.
  • The trek Route through Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its unique flora and fauna.
  • The trek offers an opportunity to engage yourself in Sherpa culture and experience their warm hospitality.
  • Trekking to the base of mount Everest offers breathtaking views of the world's highest mountains, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam.
  • The trek will bring you to the world’s highest mountain Base Camp, Mount Everest, where one can see the famous Khumbu Icefall and the route to the summit.
  • The hike to Kalapatthar (5545m) offers panoramic views of Mount Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, and many other stunning peaks, giving a remarkable experience.

Everest Base Camp Budget Trek Overview

The Everest Base Camp Budget Trek is a budget-friendly trip to the base of the world-famous mountain Everest in Nepal. This trek is created for those who are seeking a more affordable option to experience the magnificent beauty of the world's highest Himalayas without sacrificing quality.

The Everest budget trek starts with scenic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and follows the same route as EBC Trek. During the trek to Everest base camp (5364m), one can enjoy the breathtaking mountain views, a visit to the Sagarmatha National Park, and an opportunity to engage in Sherpa culture and tradition.

The trek provides a close-up view of the famous Khumbu Icefall and the route to the summit of Mount Everest. With moderate difficulty, the Everest Base Camp Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any adventurer seeking to explore the beauty of the Nepalese Himalayas.

The trek is usually completed in 11 days and the Everest base camp budget trek costs around $850 to $1300, depending on the number of groups and level of comfort and services required. This cost normally covers necessary expenses such as accommodation, meals, permits, flight, and guide services.

For those who are traveling on a budget and willing to explore the foothills of the world’s highest mountain and local culture, the Everest base camp budget trek can be the best option for organizing the trip and saving costs further. It is also possible to reduce costs by bringing your own equipment, not using a porter to carry your backpack, and staying in a budget hotel and teahouse.

Overall, the Everest Base Camp Budget Trek is a wonderful way for budget-conscious travelers to experience the beauty and wonder of the Nepalese Himalayas, at the same time you can save money for your upcoming travel and support local communities. Plan and get ready to explore the world's tallest mountain and landscape with Green Society Adventure, we guarantee you will be delighted with our service and Himalayan experience in Nepal. 

Best Time for the Everest Base Camp Budget Trek

Trekkers can visit the Everest region at any time of the year, but the best time for an Everest Base Camp Budget Trek is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). During these seasons, there are extended daylight hours, and you can enjoy stunning wildflowers and rhododendrons in spring and clear skies, and breathtaking mountain and landscape views in autumn.

On the other hand, the off seasons (monsoon and winter) offer a unique and exceptional Everest Base Camp trek experience. As you ascend above Namche Bazaar, the skies often clear up, and there are fewer people on the trail. Moreover, the villages and valleys will have a light dusting of snow, adding to the charm and beauty of the trek.

Everest Base Camp Trek Entry Permits

When you plan and go for the Everest Base Camp Trek, you need to get several entry permits, which are managed by Green Society Adventure (included in the trip price).

  • Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Entry Permit: USD 30.00 for foreigners and USD 15.00 for SARC Nationalities.
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry Permit: USD 30.
  • TIMS CARD fee USD 20.00.

Note: We put our effort and work into every detail to minimize the trip cost as low as possible, thus please do not expect any luxury if you need to customize the trip to suit your interest we are more than happy to work on it. 

 

Itinerary
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We can Customize the trip to suit your interest and help you make it fit your budget. 

will have a short scenic flight to Lukla. For this, you will be transferred to the airport from the Hotel. The short flight is quite amazing and many also consider it one of the highlights of the trip. You can see the Himalayan periphery of Nepal from the window of the plane.

After you landed at Lukla, we join our crew members, and we start our hike to Phakding- our stop for the night. The trail takes us through dense rhododendron, magnolia, and pine forest, mountains covered with fluttering Buddhist prayer flags, Mani stones, and Gumpas.

  • Max. Altitude:2655m/ 8708ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

After breakfast, we will start our hike to Namche Bazar, today trek is mostly uphill. This 5–6-hour journey takes you through one of the famous glacial rivers, Dudh Koshi River, and offers scenic views of the snow-capped Mountains Kushum kangaroo (6369m), Thamserku (6623m). Trekking to Namche is fairly difficult & includes a perpendicular climb to Namche. After a short break at Chautara, we continued our ascent to Namche Bazaar, the main trading center of Khumbu. Overnight in Namche Bazar.

  • Max. Altitude:3440m/ 11284ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

To adapt ourselves to the high mountain climate – we will spend the day visiting places around Namche. After breakfast, we will make a short hike to the Everest viewpoint and the headquarters of Sagarmatha National Park- a UNESCO Natural Heritage.

The short hike offers a panoramic view of Mt Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Nuptse, and insights into the culture and lifestyle of the Sherpas and Buddhism. Apart from that, you can enjoy plenty of modern amenities in Namche such as an internet café, shopping center, bakeries, and restaurant to spend your time and get closer to the local’s way of life.

  • Max. Altitude:3440m/ 11284ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today we begin our trek from Namche to Tengboche, home to one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in the Everest region. This place is the cultural and religious center of the Khumbu valley. The trail to Tengboce is full of up and down hills which make the hike quite challenging, but the panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku, among other peaks reward us fully. Along the way, we can spot some wildlife such as the musk deer, Himalayan Thars, and multicolored pheasants.

As we follow the route, a 400-meter downhill hike leads to Phungki Thanka, a small settlement where we can stop for lunch and continue our hike. Climbing up the rhododendron-laden terrain for one and a half hours, we will finally arrive at the "spiritual center" of the region. After short rest, we visit Thyangboche Monastery and look out at the Puja ceremony. Overnight in Tengboche. 

  • Max. Altitude:3870m/ 12694
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

6 HOURS, (4410M/14464FT).

After breakfast, we started our trek along the trail which is surrounded by tall pine trees, rhododendrons, and cedars. When we cross a suspension bridge over the Imja River, the 30 minutes ascend reached one of the biggest Sherpa villages – Pangboche. On our trek to Dingboche, we can see wonderful mountains such as Everest, Ama-Dablam, Thamserku, Tawetse, Lhotse, and many other peaks.

The trans-Himalayan landscape is filled with small brooks and streams running beside chartreuse forests of rhododendrons and junipers. After a 5 hours hike, we will reach our destination of the day, Dingboche, also known as "the summer valley," of the region. Overnight stay in the lodge at Dingboche.

  • Max. Altitude:4410m/ 14464ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Soon after our breakfast, we started our hike to Lobuche- our destination for the day. The first part of our hike will be a gradual climb and the stunning mountain view gives you an amazing trekking experience. When we cross the Khumbu Glacier River and reached Dhukla, the hike is a steep climb up to Chukpo Lari (Memorial wall), a beautiful, yet heart-touching place that is home to a memorial that honors the climbers who died in the Mount Everest region during an expedition.

After the memorial, the trail’s gradient becomes far easier and smoother until we reach Lobuche. We will have our lunch here and will head out for small casual hikes along the Khumbu Glacier and enjoy views of Mount Nuptse and Pumori and hang around in Lobuche.

  • Max. Altitude:4930m/ 16172ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today is a big day, the main part of our trek. After early morning breakfast, we head out for the Everest Base Camp, this is going to be a long day. About 3 hour's hike will reach us to Gorekshep, the last teahouse settlement on this trekking trail, and when we had lunch, we continue our hike to Everest base camp which is an exhausting climb through the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.

The hike to EBC provides an astounding view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, and Mt. Nuptse, among others. This is a no break-day for cameras – each step takes you to another yet spectacular view of the Mount Everest region. After spending some time at the Everest Base Camp, we will trace our steps back to Gorekshey and rest for the night.

  • Max. Altitude:5364m/ 17593ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

From Gorakshep, early in the morning, you will trek to the vantage point of Kalapatthar. It is one of the best highlights of the journey and the vantage point is famous for its panoramic views of the entire Mount Everest massif. The sunrise view amidst the peaks seen from Kalapatthar is heavenly. After taking in the views at Kalapatthar, we will trek back towards Pheriche, following the beautiful trail through alpine woodlands and occasional terrace farms. Overnights stay at a T teahouse at Pheriche.

  • Max. Altitude:5560m/18236ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Trek to Namche for 6 Hours. 

Today from Pheriche, we will trek back to Namche. The down and uphill trails follow the beautiful alpine woodlands and occasional terrace farms with a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. Overnights stay at Namche.

  • Max. Altitude:3440/11284ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

From Namche, you will make your way back through the Dudh Koshi River valley, passing by Phakding and Monjo. You will exit the national park and reach Lukla. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Lukla.

  • Max. Altitude:2800m/9184ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Fly Back to Kathmandu, Trip End with a Farewell Dinner.

Today we will take a morning flight from Lukla, after landing in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel, where you can spend the day as you, please. The trip to the Himalayas come to an end today. We can have a farewell dinner together and say goodbye until next time.

  • Max. Altitude:1320m/ 4329ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast and Farewell Dinner
Route Map
Everest Base Camp Budget Trek - 11 Days map
Cost Details
Includes
  • Two-night Accommodation in Kathmandu on twin-sharing basic.
  • Free airports pick up and drop off for Lukla to/ from the flight.
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla– Kathmandu including departure taxes.
  • Full board meals: (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide.
  • All salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, drinks, and accommodation for the guide.
  • Assistance guide for the group of 8 or above.
  • Green Society Adventure's complimentary free T-shirt and route map (if needed).
  • All necessary paperwork and National Park permit and TIMS.
  • Khumbu-Pasang community entry fee.
  • Farewell dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant with traditional performances.
  • A comprehensive medical kit/ First-aid kit and oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse level during the trek.
  • All government and local taxes.
Excludes
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • All bar bills along the trek.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
Departure Dates
PLAN TRIP
Useful Information

Nepal Visa

Travelers can get an arrival VISA at Kathmandu which costs 25 USD for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days. And for the arrival Visa please bring two passport-sized photos.

Lukla Flight and Weather

The flight to Lukla is the way to reach and start your Everest base camp budget trek. Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla is one of the most extreme in the world and it has its own challenges. The Topmost among them is the weather. Surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world, the weather in Lukla is unpredictable and changes often. It would be clear and sunny one minute, and soon after could be cloudy, and everything would turn hazy. Flights work as they were when the climate is steady and permeability clear.

The possibility of getting canceled the Lukla flight is dependent on weather conditions. Which happens frequently. If so, your EBC Trekking may get extended by a day or two. So please be prepared and keep barrier days so that you may not miss your international flight.

Drinking Water in Everest

Mineral/ Safe drinking water in bottles is available in the Everest region and it cost from $1 to $5 per bottle. But buying bottles of water is expensive and adds up to the thrashing problem in mountains, so we highly recommend carrying a reusable water bottle with you and saving money and nature. 

You can fill the water bottle in lodges and can use an inbuilt filtration system like Life Straw or Steripen. You can also use water purification tablets to treat the water. Additionally, you can carry water bottles which you can fill if you find any drinking water taps.

Room and Accommodation During the Trek

All Accommodation during the Everest base camp budget trek is on a twin sharing bed. Teahouse accommodation will be provided during the trek. You can also choose to have a single bed, but the additional cost will be added to your trip cost.

Payment and Trek Booking

To confirm a booking, you need to pay 20% of the total trip cost in advance. The remaining balance can be paid upon arrival in Kathmandu. To book the trip, please use the "CHECK AVAILABILITY" tab to make an instant confirmation booking.

Take Enough Cash with You While Trekking in Everest

We suggest you carry enough cash (at least $20-25 for a day) with you for personal expenses and emergency uses. Normally, you can exchange and use an ATM to get cash in some places in the mountains as well, but the exchange rate is lower than in Kathmandu and the service charge is high (up to 10%) for using Card.

Altitude Sickness & Acclimatization

The height level that we gained during the Everest base camp budget trek is over 55000 meters. At each height, you pick up the oxygen level is gotten low. Less oxygen within the climate may make trouble a bit for breathing. Hiking without appropriate rest and acclimatization increases the chances of AMS or elevation affliction. To acclimatize your body to thin air, you wish to walk gradually and relentlessly with a bounty of rest and keep your body hydrated to avoid altitude sickness.

Insurance for Everest Trek

It is very important to be safe and healthy while you are hiking to the Everest base camp. We highly suggest you walk slowly and steadily with plenty of rest. We highly recommend making insurance for the insured a comprehensive expense that might gain due to medical issues or accidents. We do not provide or sell travel insurance but are happy to provide recommendations if needed.

FAQs
  • The Everest Base Camp Budget trek is an economical way to trek and experience the amazing Himalayan journey around the world’s highest mountain. This trekking package prioritizes affordability and cost-effectiveness.

  • The Everest budget trek usually takes 11 days, including travel to and from Lukla.

  • The Everest budget trek usually includes essential expenses such as accommodation, meals, permits, guide services, and Lukla to and from the flight.

  • The cost of the Everest base camp budget trek ranges from $850 to $1,300, depending on the size of the group and the services required.

  • This is a moderate trek to its difficulty level, with many up and downhill and challenging sections. It is important to be in good physical condition.

  • You should bring appropriate clothing and gear for trekking, such as a warm jacket, hat, gloves, sturdy shoes, a waterproof coat, and a day pack. You may also want to bring a camera, sunscreen, insect repellent, and any personal medical supplies.

  • Yes, you can hire a porter, who will support carrying your backpack. And normally it cost $20 per person per day.

  • It is possible to do the trek solo, but it is not recommended, especially for first-time trekkers. It is safer and more enjoyable to trek with a guide.

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