Everest Base Camp Trek Cost
  • Aug 5, 2020
  • Arjun Rijal
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Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most exciting and affordable treks in Nepal. This trek offers the unforgettable natural beauty of the Everest region which will fascinate you to the core of your heart. You will have an incredible journey trekking to one of the most challenging treks in Nepal, the Everest Base Camp.

The cost of the Everest Base Camp trek depends upon various factors such as the length of your trip, the season in which you are traveling, the number of people with whom you are trekking and the route you are taking for trekking. The cost also depends upon the list of items you pack and the cost of different permits you will need to pay before Everest Base Camp trek.

Here are some different factors that will determine the cost of Everest Base Camp trek.

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Travel packages

There are different travel companies that will provide you with Everest Base Camp trek packages. Such packages will provide you with food, accommodation, and details about your trek to Everest Base Camp.

Similarly, Outfitter Nepal has different Everest Base Camp packages whose cost varies accordingly. There are few alternatives for Everest Base Camp trek too. You can go for Everest Base Camp, Gokyo valley trek or Everest Base Camp high pass trek. But the cost differs as you will be taking different routes to reach the Everest Base Camp. We also have travel packages for the Everest Base Camp trek 16 days and  14 days Everest Base Camp Trek.

The cost of 16 days Everest Base Camp Trek for 1-14 people is between the range of 1400-2000 USD. It includes your private vehicle, airplane, food, and accommodation. You can also choose the Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour or trek all way up to base camp and return by Helicopter if you have less time and do not want to trek altogether.

Cost of Permits

In order to trek to the Everest Base Camp, you will have to collect two trekking permits, Sagarmatha National Park Permit, TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card and Local government tax to the Gaupalika ( Rural Municipality). You will need Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit if you are trekking to the Everest Base Camp through Jiri.

Sagarmatha National Permit

Sagarmatha is the Nepali name for Mount Everest. The Everest region is protected territory. Along the route to Everest Base Camp, you will also enter the Sagarmatha National Park for which you need to get a special permit.

The cost of the Sagarmatha National Park Permit is approx. 30.00 USD ( 3000.00 NPR) through which you can enter the Khumbu region as well.

TIMS Card

TAAN (Tourism Agency Association of Nepal) issues TIMS Card for the tourists who come to Nepal. There are two types of TIMS card; one for an independent trekker and one for the organized trekker. There is also a separate TIMS card for SAARC countries. The cost varies according to the type of TIMS card you take.

The cost of Individual TIMS Card is 20 USD and the cost of organized TIMS card is 10 USD. Likewise, for the SAARC countries TIMS card is 3 USD. You will only need this card if you wish to trek to the Everest Base Camp through Jiri.

The Everest Base camp

Flight Ticket Cost for Lukla

To reach the Everest Base Camp and start your trek, firstly you need to get to Lukla from Kathmandu. You need to travel a distance of 138 kilometers from Kathmandu to reach Lukla airport. The flight to Lukla is usually morning at 9-10 AM.

The cost of the flight to reach Lukla Airport is 180 USD per person, for Indian nationality, it’s INR 1200 and for Nepalese nationality is NRS 5200. You also have an alternative way to reach to Jiri by bus or by public vehicle. But, it takes 7 days to reach Lukla by trekking from Jiri. The cost to reach Jiri through the local bus is 8$-10$ and by Express BUs services is 10$-15$. A private vehicle is much costlier.

Guides and Porters

Everest Base Camp is a moderate trek so it is not compulsory to hire a guide or a porter. But, for your own convenience and comfortable trek, it would be better to hire one. The guides will assist you and warn you about the hurdles you have to face along the route to Everest Base Camp. Likewise, your porter will carry your bags up to 10-12kgs which will tire you less while trekking. Overall, guides and porters will make your trek less challenging and more comfortable.

If you wish to hire a guide while trekking, he will charge you around 20-25$ per day. Similarly, a porter who will carry your heavy luggage will charge you 15-18 dollars a day. You will not have to worry about communication because almost every guide and porter can speak English. They will also keep you updated with the situation and circumstances.

Cost of Food and Accommodation

While trekking it is very important that your stomach is full. You will not be able to walk or enjoy your trek if you have a hungry stomach. So, food is very important to boot your confidence while trekking. You will find plenty of teahouses and restaurants that will provide you with proper food and accommodation services.

The cost of mineral water bottle will range from 1$ to 4$ but if you wish to drink water from local taps or rivers, it is free. But again, make sure you have proper filter in your water bottle which will make the water drinkable. Regular breakfast will cost you 3$-6$ and for lunch and dinner, the cost ranges from 5-9$ per meal.

Per day accommodation costs you 25$-30$. The cost differs according to the accommodation you will like to choose. Teahouse accommodations are comparatively less than the standard hotel accommodation which will provide you with the proper facility.

Cost of Travel Insurance

While trekking to the high altitude treks like the Everest Base Camp, you might expect the unexpected. If anything happens during the trek, the trekking company will rescue you via helicopter. For such case it is mandatory that you have your travel insurance. The travel company might not rescue you in any difficult circumstances if you haven’t done your travel insurance.

There are many companies that will provide you with travel insurance. The travel insurance will cost you around 150 dollars for a month. So, it is better to have travel insurance before trekking to the Everest Base Camp.

Cost of Trekking Gear

There is a certain list of things that you need to pack for Everest Base Camp trek. Buying such trekking gears will cost you some.

Clothing and Equipment

  • Hiking boots- $27-$100
  • A pair of socks- $5
  • Trekking sandals- $29
  • A Windcheater jacket- $29
  • A nice fleece jacket- $35
  • Trekking shirt- $32
  • Trekking pants- $35
  • Trekking shorts- $30
  • Sunglasses- $15
  • A hat/ cap- $12
  • Trekking poles- $21
  • A comfortable backpack and a backpack cover- $40

Toiletries

Most of the teahouses in the Everest Region will not have proper toilet facilities. So, it is better to bring your own necessities.

  • Hand sanitizer: $3
  • Tissue paper: $1
  • Towel (easy to dry): $4
  • Toothbrush: $2
  • Toothpaste: $3
  • Shampoo: $5
  • Sunscreen lotion: $5
  • Soap: $1

Buying all these items will cost you around $2000. If you are an experienced trekker you may own these items which will also reduce your cost. Besides, you can also rent these items in certain shops in Nepal if you wish.

The Everest Peak

Cost of Everest Base Camp Trek for Independent Trekkers

Independently trekking to the Everest Base Camp is not an easy job. You need to be physically fit and healthy if you are planning on trekking alone to the Base camp. However, if you are an experienced trekker, it might not be too challenging for you. If you are someone who can walk for 7-8 hours a day, you can go for Everest Base Camp trek independently.

The cost of Everest Base Camp trek for independent trekkers is comparatively less. You can save a lot by trekking independently but if you want a more exciting, comfortable and easy trek, it would be best to trek in packages or with friends and family.

Everest Base Camp cost for independent trekkers ranges from $900- $1400. Independently trekking means you will also not hire a guide or a porter which will save you 30-40 dollars. But this cost depends upon the choice of food and drinks you take and the quality of hotel you stay in.

Miscellaneous Cost

In the Himalayan region, the life of people is very difficult. The people there depend on the trekkers like you from all around the world, to sustain their daily living. Therefore, the cost of the Everest region is not cheap. You might be charged for almost everything. The extra activities and curriculum you do will also cost you some amount of money.

Charging

Most of the teahouses in the Everest region will not provide you with the facility of charging your phones or batteries. You may have to pay an extra fee for charging or even stand on a queue especially in the peak seasons. The cost of charging will be 2-5$ per hour in peak season. You may get to charge for free during the off-season treks.

Donations

It is not necessary to give donations but after spending ample time in the Everest Region, you might feel connected with the people and help them with donations. You can also contribute to the renovation of temples, monasteries, cultural sites and school/colleges that were destroyed in the Earthquake-2015.

Tips

Sometimes you might also give tips for the good services and facilities locals offer. You might establish a good relationship with the guides and porters due to which with a sense of gratitude you may provide them with tips. Similarly, you may provide tips to the staffs or waiters for good food and accommodation. This not a compulsion but rather would be out of compassion and a bond between you and them.

Conclusion

Thus, there are various items and their costs to consider while trekking to the Everest Base Camp. The cost of the trek also depends upon the time of the year you are traveling. The cost of food and accommodations may be higher during the peak seasons. It also depends upon how you spend your money. Spending wisely on the essential items will always save a lot and make your journey conveniently cheap.

Outfitter Nepal will provide you with all these facilities at the affordable and negotiable rate. We have skilled representatives who can even customize your trip if you want. If you have any queries, feel free to contact us. Do not hesitate. We are happy to serve our customer.

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Arjun Rijal

Hello, Hi & Namaste every one !

I am Arjun Rijal, Founder of Outfitter Nepal Treks and Expedition & working as tour planner for Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. I love hiking & trekking and traveling.

I have trekked in most of the trekking regions of Nepal including Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base camp, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu, Langtang and have traveled Bhutan & India. Planning further travel to many other countries in the world.

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