• Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Hiking & Trekking
  • Transport: Private Tourist Vehicle and Aeroplane
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner on Trek & Breakfast in Cities
  • Accommodation: 3 star Hotel and Basic mountian lodge
  • Group Size: 1 - 14
  • Max Elevation: 5555

Highlights:

  • Experience a scenic flight to Lukla
  • The budget way to complete the trek to the Everest Base Camp
  • The wilderness of UNESCO Heritage Site Enlisted Sagarmatha National Park
  • Reach the ultimate destination: Everest Base Camp
  • Panoramic view of the Himalayas of the Everest Region
  • Explore the gorgeous villages, picturesque alleys, luscious green forests and moraines on your way
  • Make it to Kala Patthar for a mesmerizing sunrise
  • Know the things you’ll experience on your Everest Base Camp Budget Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek Video

About Everest Base Camp Budget Trek 13 Days

Trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest doesn't always have to be unnecessarily costly. The base camp trek is one of Nepal's most popular treks and one of the world's highest altitude trekking routes. Our 13 days Everest Base Camp Budget Trek is specifically intended for those who wish to get the most out of their trip to the base camp on a budget.

The idea of a budget EBC trek delivers you with the same level of hospitality and enjoyment while meeting the friendliest people in the Khumbu region. It's time to gather your belongings and bear the gamble you've always desired!

The world's tallest peak, Mt. Everest (8848 m), gets closer than you could ever think with our budget Everest trek. You also get to explore the Sherpa homeland in Namche Bazaar, Pangboche, and Dingboche with cultural dwellings and tea houses. The trail leads to Tengboche, famous for its old monastery, through a bank of the Dudh Koshi valley high above the gorge. Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks can be seen from this vantage point. As we progress through the provinces, the mountain gets extremely near to your head. You can also see many colours of Rhododendron flowers and enjoy your moment in nature.

There are wild animals such as the Himalayan tahr, black bear, and snow leopard. Some legends state that this region is also home to Yeti! Who knows if you'll ever run into this mythical creature? The series of uphill and downhill, suspension and wooden bridges, waterfalls, the rhododendron forest with its diverse plants and animals, stone-paved path, pine trail, yak meadow and herd, Sherpa and their culture, monasteries, mane and Chorten, high passes, and the scenic beauty from a high altitude all entice visitors to the trekking trail.

The gorgeous sunsets of the white Himalayas and chaotic, rocky, and snow-covered landscapes from numerous trekking locations are nothing short of spectacular! You get to immerse in the subtropical highland atmosphere, snow-capped mountains, and lush green meadows. With their varied topography, terrains, and continually varying temperatures, the valleys are nothing short of breathtaking!

Hiking for hours a day up steep hills, passing through the enticing and glossy rhododendron woodland, and taking in the heart-stopping views of mountain peaks! You can enjoy a 360-degree vision of the Himalayan ranges that surround them, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Ama Dablam among other peaks.

Then some come from diverse cultural backgrounds and are humble. The Sherpa people calm you down with their kindness and generosity. We walk across thrilling bridges, moraines, stupas wrapped in colourful prayer flags, and the wonderful air of Sherpa communities while enjoying the blanket of mountains enclosing the mysterious valley. This is Everest like you've never seen it before!

The budget trek to EBC follows the same routes as the classic EBC route. The only difference is that it is inexpensive and accessible. This package includes magnificent Everest Region destinations such as Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Namche Bazaar (the largest Sherpa village), Tengboche monastery, breathtaking mountain views and scenery, and many more.

Tour local Sherpa villages, visit a cheese factory, and sample the famous Tibetan butter milk tea while taking in views of the Himalayas! The budget trek holds the best viewpoints as well! The EBC budget trek includes this magnificent place on its itinerary. Thus, trekkers get a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse of the sunrise from Kala Patthar’s viewpoint, which includes 360-degree vistas of the surrounding mountains.

Join your budget Everest Base Camp Trek with Outfitter Nepal! With Outfitter Nepal's budget itinerary, you receive the best bargain ever. Our 13-day Everest Base Camp Budget Trek has been carefully orchestrated to offer the perfect balance of pleasure and cost-effectiveness. Finally, with over two decades of experience in Nepali trekking, we've dedicated our hearts and minds to put together the best possible package! We guarantee a scheduled departure! Choose your dates here, or contact us to tailor a package to your specific requirements. Anything will suffice as long as you are satisfied! Your arrival is eagerly anticipated.

Note: Our 13-day budget trek to the Everest base camp operates on a tight schedule. However, if you want to join us as a solo trekker or as a private group, we do have some room to customize your schedule. We can also extend your acclimatization and leisure days. The cost, on the other hand, varies proportionally. We made every effort to keep the itinerary as low-cost as possible, thus there are no porters! You can, however, hire a porter for US$ 20 per day plus tips!

Experience the Thrilling Flight to Lukla

If you're looking for a tremendous adrenaline rush, this is the experience for you! Only a few people have the opportunity or, to put it another way, the courage to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. The Lukla airport is regarded as one of the most dangerous in the world. To put things in perspective, during peak season, roughly 20 or 30 planes land in Lukla each day, and nearly all of the 30,000 trekkers who visit the area each year pass through Lukla.

Statistically, it is riskier than a typical commercial airport, yet it is still relatively safe. Airlines have tightened their rules for acceptable flight conditions and placed restrictions on the number of planes that can fly the route. Despite improvements in passenger safety, the journey to Lukla can still be nerve-wracking! The rush of adrenaline is well worth the effort!

Witness the Unique Cultural Sherpa Heritage

Sherpas are unquestionably the most well-known ethnic group on the planet. Sherpas transporting clients to the summit of Mount Everest, one of the world's most dangerous locations, have made headlines. Until the introduction of adventure trekking, the Everest region was incredibly secluded.

Like any mountain tribe, the Sherpas had refined their adaptation to the hard, bleak terrain. They were farmers who made a living from the trade of the Himalayan passes. Buddhism had a significant impact on their lives, as evidenced by the numerous gompas and chortens. During your budget Everest Trek, you can discover more about Sherpa culture!

Make a Journey to the UNESCO Enlisted Sagarmatha National Park

The park is home to several endangered animals such as the snow leopard and the red panda. It is a remarkable environment with stunning mountains, glaciers, deep valleys, and seven peaks over 7,000 meters other than Mount Everest. SNP, a well-known alpine tourism destination, was established in 1976 and, with over 2,500 Sherpa residents, has integrated nature and culture from its foundation.

The Great Himalayan Range, with its endlessly spectacular snow-capped peaks, the chain of mountains that includes the world's highest peak, Mt. Sagarmatha (Everest), and extensive Sherpa villages that reflect SNP's openness to the rest of the world. UNESCO designated the park as a world heritage site in 1979, recognizing the area’s meticulously protected natural heritage and the stunning majesty of the high, geologically young mountains and glaciers.

Over 6000 Sherpas live in over 20 settlements on the property, which has been home to the Sherpa for over four centuries continuing their ancient cultural and religious practices, such as animal hunting and slaughter restrictions and reverence for all living beings.

Sunrise and New Faces of Mount Everest at Kala Patthar

Kala Patthar is an excellent vantage point to glimpse the face of Mount Everest which is not visible from the base camp itself! A short hike from Gorakshep leads to Kala Patthar, a mountain ridge, which you can visit before reaching Everest Base Camp.

The panoramic view of Everest alongside Ama Dablam is one of the most gorgeous in the world! Likewise, the sunrise view of the Everest peaks when the light rays reach the summit is breathtaking! Hence, Kala Patthar is widely regarded as the best Everest watching spot.

The City-like Bustle at Namche Bazaar

Namche is a historic trading town known for its handcrafted yak cheese and butter. It is located on the slope of an arch-shaped mountain with spectacular views of gigantic Himalayan peaks from all points in the valley. Namche Bazaar has maintained its historical culture, traditions, and genuine hospitality despite its expansion.

The Namche Bazaar is a bustling mix of stores, restaurants, motels, ATMs, and bakeries. The Namche bazaar's short alley, which is shared by yaks, monks, Sherpa traders, and locals, offers a fresh option around every bend, from bakeries to temples to museums.

The Ultimate Journey to the Everest Base Camp

The journey's main goal is to reach Everest Base Camp. The colorful tents and stories of adventure and passion shared by mountaineers attempting to reach the summit of the world liven up the base camp.

Why would you turn around and depart in a matter of hours after hiking for days to reach Everest Base Camp? Spending time at Everest Base Camp will give you a taste of what it's like to be on an Everest Expedition. The time spent in Everest base camp is without a doubt the most inspiring part of the journey!

Because there are no teahouses at the base camp, you must stay in Gorakshep as a diversion on your way to the base camp.

EBC Budget Trek 13 Days Itinerary

Everest Base Camp Budget Trek is accomplished in 13 days overall, including your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal, where you will be trekking for 10 days. The trek starts with a short flight to Lukla. Following the old EBC trail, the hike begins. You receive a one-night rest in Namche Bazaar to adjust to the altitude and acclimate. Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep are all on the way to Everest Base Camp. You trek to Everest base camp from Gorakshep before returning to Gorakshep for your final night in the mountains.

You trek to Kala Patthar viewpoint the next morning. The sunrise over Mount Everest and the surrounding mountain peaks is just breathtaking! For a catered supper, you return to Gorakshep. Then you'll make your way down to Pheriche and then Namche Bazaar. The trek concludes in Lukla, from where you will fly to Kathmandu.

EBC Budget Trek Cost

An EBC budget trek package for a group of 9 to 14 people costs roughly US$ 799 on average. Likewise, for a group of five to eight people, it goes to be around US$ 899. Similarly, for a party of two to four people, the package costs US$ 999. It may be a little more expensive if you are a solo trekker, you can accomplish your journey with a total cost of US$ 1200. The cost of the package can be customized to meet your specific requirements. However, the whole package price may grow or decrease depending on your schedule adjustments!

Our 13-days budget trip to Everest base camp follows a strict itinerary. However, if you prefer to join us as a solo trekker or as part of a private group, we can accommodate you. Your acclimatization and leisure days can also be extended. On the other hand, the cost varies correspondingly. We tried to keep the cost of the trip as low as possible, hence there are no porters! However, for US$ 20 a day plus tips, you can hire a porter!

These are the answers to some of the frequently asked questions regarding the budget trek to the Everest Base Camp!

What is the difficulty level of Ebc budget Trek ?

The trek to the base camp is considered moderately difficult. But don't worry; you'll be fine. To begin, no prior climbing experience is required, and the Everest Base Camp route does not include any strenuous hiking stages. You should be willing to accomplish the course with determination and a basic level of fitness. People of all ages, sizes and shapes have completed the route without a lot of hassles!

Is there any possibility of catching Altitude Sickness (AMS) during the trek to the Everest Base Camp?

When you are trekking in high altitude places, there is always a chance that you may get altitude sickness. Thus, you must have a flexible itinerary for yourself and add in plenty of acclimatization especially if it’s your first time!

How to avoid getting altitude sickness during trekking in the Everest Region?

To avoid altitude sickness, it's critical to plan a trek to Everest Base Camp in advance. The best precaution you can take is to add as many acclimatization days as possible to your itinerary. This will help you adapt to the increasing altitude. You can Avoid Altitude Sickness at Everest Base Camp Trek by taking safety precautions such as hydrating yourself regularly and having a properly balanced diet regularly.

What kind of food and accommodation will you get during your Everest budget trek?

We provide hygienic food and comfortable lodging in our Budget Everest Base Camp Trek. Throughout the trek, we supervise the meal schedule and provide you with local, sanitary cuisine. We recommend that you have as many local foods as possible. Dal Bhat is a traditional Nepali cuisine which provides you with a complete balanced diet of all the nutrition. Likewise, a Sherpa cuisine known as Syakpa is a stew that helps you prevent altitude sickness with all the local ingredients. Likewise, items such as noodles, and a bakery are also available!

In terms of lodging, Outfitter Nepal books the lodges for the scheduled day before the trek begins, so you won't have to waste time looking for rooms during the journey. Most lodges offer comfortable accommodations and modern amenities, however, in the end, in settlements such as Lobuche and Gorakshep, where lodges and tea houses are scarce, it is better to stay on sharing basis.

When is the best time to go on an EBC trek when you are on a Budget?

The EBC trek can be accomplished any time of the year! When planning your trek to Everest Base Camp, keep the weather in mind (EBC). Even though people journey to Everest Base Camp all year, some seasons are better than others.

Most trekkers visit EBC in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), when the weather is pleasant, the skies are bright, and the temperature is just ideal. Clear skies allow you to take in spectacular vistas while avoiding wet and slick walkways in the summer and snow in the winter. Here's a quick rundown of the weather in the high trek areas.

The coldest months are early January and early February. In many locations, there is a lot of snow, and the temperatures are very cold. Even if the daytime is warm and beautiful with bright skies, midnight is bitterly chilly. Some trekkers, on the other hand, like hard winter treks. Hence, Outfitter Nepal also offers winter Everest Base Camp expeditions.

Do you need travel insurance even when on a EBC Budget Trek?

The journey to the base camp requires travel insurance. Before beginning the trek, all trekkers must submit a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Outfitter Nepal.

Based on the experiences of our former clients, we can recommend insurance firms to you. We do not, however, sell insurance coverage. Within a week of booking the trek, we ask that all trek participants provide us with their comprehensive insurance information. In an emergency, we'll prepare a speedy, successful rescue using your insurance policy and other documentation you provided us.

How to make your Everest Base Camp Journey Safe?

You must realize you are trekking in the Himalayas. You must plan How to make your trek to Everest Base Camp safe. Make sure you have the proper gear and you are prepared physically as well as mentally! It is best to add as many acclimatization days as possible and most importantly, have fun!

At Outfitter Nepal, your safety is our utmost priority! We'll be carrying all of the required gear, equipment, and first-aid kits to guarantee a safe trek. We'll go on a journey together. Our guides and leaders have undergone extensive first-aid training. The trek leader has the authority to continue the trek or to descend quickly if a trekker becomes altitude ill. A rescue helicopter will transport you to safety in an emergency. We'll go on a journey together.

How convenient is Lukla for a safe Flight?

Lukla airport is a high altitude Himalayan airport. At higher altitudes, the air density is comparatively low. As a result, the planes must land at a faster rate. The weather in this area is continuously changing, and cloud cover can be dense, resulting in turbulence that, while not dangerous, can be uncomfortable for passengers.

Lukla is the country's busiest airport and the entry and exit point for trekkers attempting to summit Everest. Outfitter Nepal will make every effort to make your flight as pleasant as possible.

What to do in case your flight to and from Lukla is delayed or Canceled?

To accommodate for the possibility of adverse weather, we recommend adding an extra two or three days to your journey. Flights from Lukla to Kathmandu and vice versa are canceled when the weather is bad. The flight is immediately rescheduled for the following available day in such instances.

If you're on a tight schedule, you can hire a helicopter to get you to your destination on time, whether it's for the expedition or your return flight. However, you will be responsible for the cost of the helicopter. Additionally, if visibility is less than 1,500 meters, a helicopter cannot be operated, and Outfitter Nepal will reschedule the flight.

Do you require any permits for the EBC Budget Trek?

Yes, permits are required to trek in the Everest region! You'll need two permits if you want to start your trek in Lukla. Foreigners are charged NRP 3,000 per person for a Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, while SAARC members pay NRP 1,500. Nepalese citizens are subject to a levy of NRP 100 per person. Per trekker, the Khumbu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit is NRP 2,000. A Khumbu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit is required for all trekkers, regardless of nationality.

Is clean water available to drink in the Everest Base Camp Region?

Bottled water is inexpensive and readily available. However, plastic bottles are not permitted in the Everest zone. Thus, it is advisable to bring a thermos filled with boiled and filtered water. You may need to utilize water purification drops or tablets, which you can bring from home or buy in Kathmandu.

How do you prepare for trekking in the Himalayas?

The most effective approach to prepare for your trek to base camp is to go hiking. Find some nearby trails, stroll through town, or simply go for a walk. Get in the habit of going for long walks. Determine where your body has difficulty and how far you can push it. Once you've become used to pushing past the first wave of agony, you'll be astonished at how far you can go.

Walking, jogging, swimming, and cycling are examples of cardio workouts that help your body learn to perform better with less oxygen. This will allow you to keep your breath and concentrate when trekking at a high altitude, allowing you to enjoy the journey much more. Remember why you're doing it and progressively increase the difficulty and time of your workouts when you're weary and want to quit.

Is there network and internet coverage in the Everest trekking Region?

You can get WI-FI services in bigger towns such as Namche and Lukla, where you have to pay a certain fee. It is advisable to buy an Everest Link Prepaid Internet Card which is readily available in the guesthouses! We also recommend you buy a SIM card from Kathmandu. You can buy Ncell and NTC SIM cards in Thamel. Be aware that at higher altitudes, you do not have mobile network coverage everywhere. But, they do serve you until a certain point.

Is there electricity to charge the electronic devices during the EBC Budget Trek?

There are charging outlets in teahouses. The majority of these plugs are solar-powered and thus unusable on cloudy days. It will cost you money to charge your electronic gadgets, especially at higher elevations. Bring extra batteries for your camera with you. In Nepal, there is considerable inconsistency in the provision of electricity. During load shedding, you may not always be able to charge your gadgets.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel

When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by a member of our Outfitter Nepal team and transported to your accommodation. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy. We take a short hike to Phakding after landing in Lukla, passing through Chaurikharka village along the route. The hiking hours have been purposefully reduced to allow you to acclimate. You can spend your spare time touring local monasteries, stores, and restaurants, like Rimishung Monastery.

  • Accomodation:Hotel
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Altitude:1340

After having a light breakfast, you have a short flight to Lukla. From Lukla, you ascend towards Phakding following the Dudh Koshi River alongside the lush green forests. The rest of the day is for you to take in the magnificence of the Everest Region!

  • Walking Hours:4
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Lodge
  • Place:Phakding
  • Altitude:2610

Today will be a strenuous trekking day. There are multiple ascents and descents on a steep trail. From Phakding to Monjo, you must hike. From here, the Sagarmatha National Park begins. While climbing through the park, you gradually ascend to Namche Bazaar. This journey is made even more exhilarating by the thrilling suspension bridges, which are often draped with prayer flags. Before reaching Sagarmatha National Park, you will pass through Monjo Village.

Note: The budget EBC trek only includes one overnight stay at Namche to minimize the cost. However, if you wish to extend an extra day here, it can be manageable!

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Lodge
  • Place:Namche Bazaar
  • Altitude:3440

While trekking along a ridge, you can enjoy beautiful views of several mountains. You'll arrive at Phunki Tenga and then climb through beautiful rhododendron trees to Tengboche. You will also visit the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region, the Tengboche Monastery!

  • Walking Hours:5
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Lodge
  • Place:Tengboche
  • Altitude:3860

Begin your descent via lovely rhododendron trees after breakfast. The hike leads to Imja Khola and involves a crossing of a suspension bridge. After passing through a long Mani wall, you'll arrive at Pangboche. You proceed to Dingboche via summer fields. This trail winds through a rich alpine woodland with seasonal rhododendrons, providing breathtaking scenery. You'll see plants and a desert-like terrain as you climb higher.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Lodge
  • Place:Dingboche
  • Altitude:4410

In Dingboche, a day of rest is in order. Dingboche is also known as the Summer Valley in the Khumbu area. Snow-capped summits such as Ama Dablam, as well as the Lhotse and Nuptse ridges, can all be seen from here. Take a walkabout the village and go for a short hike in the region.

  • Walking Hours:5
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Lodge
  • Place:Dingboche
  • Altitude:4410

Continue on your journey until you get to a stupa. From here, the trail descends to Pheriche village. Along the way, stunning views of Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam, and other peaks can be observed. On your way to Pheriche, you'll pass through Thukla and cross a little wooden bridge. As you continue on your journey, you will come upon a tribute to those who did not make it over this difficult terrain. Despite the steep climb, the improved view as we move closer to our target pushes us to continue climbing till we reach Lobuche. The path to Lobuche steepens dramatically.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Lodge
  • Place:Lobuche
  • Altitude:4910

You start your trekking early in the morning. On this day, the trail will be tougher than on previous days. You must ascend a rocky moraine and a glacier path.

After passing through Gorakshep, the trail continues to Everest Base Camp. You will be overcome with delight as you find yourself surrounded by snow-capped mountains on all sides. We trek down to Gorakshep and rest for the day after totally immersing ourselves in the sights from the EBC and taking numerous photographs.

  • Walking Hours:7-8
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Lodge
  • Place:Gorakshep
  • Altitude:5555

You hike to Kala Patthar early in the morning, a prominent viewpoint in the Everest region. Kala Patthar is the highest elevation point of your journey during the trek! From here, you can enjoy a beautiful sunrise and 360-degree vistas of the Himalayan Mountains. Before moving down to Pheriche for the night, spend some time at the viewpoint.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Lodge
  • Place:Pheriche
  • Altitude:4230

You finally reach Pheriche after crossing several villages and dense forests along the region.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Lodge
  • Place:Namche Bazaar
  • Altitude:3440

After a quick breakfast, descend through Sagarmatha National Park to Phakding. The trail then climbs to Lukla along the Dudh Koshi River. You pass through numerous colorful chortens and Mani walls, with the feeling that you’ve conquered something amazing during your journey!

  • Walking Hours:6-7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Lodge
  • Place:Lukla
  • Altitude:2886

You have an early morning flight back to Kathmandu today. The flight will be brief and scenic. It will be a relaxing flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. We're confident that the memories you made on this journey will be flooded back to you. Your journey comes to a close in Kathmandu. You check into your hotel when you arrive in Kathmandu. The rest of the day is yours to relax and explore.

  • Food:Breakfast
  • Accomodation:Hotel
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Altitude:1340

Our airport agent will transport you to Tribhuvan International Airport. We hope you enjoy your stay with us! Or if you have some days on your hand, you can utilize them for sightseeing of your choice. We are here to assist you or today you return to your country, full of memories.

  • Food:Breakfast
  • Altitude:1340

What's Included

  • International and Domestic Airport transfers.
  • 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on trek.
  • Accommodations in lodges on trek.
  • Excellent english speaking trekking Guide.
  • Paper works, National park entry permits, & TIMS permit.
  • Flight fare Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu with airport tax.
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffle bag – if Necessary (return after the trek).
  • Government Tax and Vat.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu).
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu).
  • Your personal expenses, drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills.
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge.
  • If you take a porter: 20USD per porter/per day.
  • Tips for the guide.
  • Anything not mentioned in included section.