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Trekking up to the base of world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest, has always been on the bucket list of many fellow travelers and adventure seekers. Everest region is one of the most popular trek region of Nepal visited by thousands of trekkers throughout the world. Most of the travelers have their dream of stepping on the base of Mt. Everest whereas some tend to scale the summit of Everest in any cost. EBC Trek would cost somewhere around $1450 to $4200.
As we all know, it is cheaper to trek up to the base camp than summiting the scale of Everest. But, to be very accurate, there is no any fixed price for Everest Base Camp. The cost of Everest Base Camp trek depends on the trekking routes, duration of the trek as well as the season that a trekker choose for the trek.
|Everest Base Camp Trek – 15 Days||US $ 1450.00 Each Person|
|Everest base camp trek with helicopter return – 13 Days||US $ 1800.00 Each Person|
|Gokyo to Everest base camp trek – 17 Days||US $ 1650.00 Each Person|
|Gokyo to EBC trek with helicopter Return- 13 Days||US $ 1900.00 Each Person|
|Everest base camp luxury trek with helicopter return – 12 Days||US $ 4200.00 Each Person|
|Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek – 21 Days||US $ 2200.00 Each Person|
|Lobuche Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek – 20 Days||US $ 2000.00 Each Person|
Our price is not always fixed. Depend on your group size price will change.
Most importantly, the cost is also determined by the itinerary and the services you choose for the trek. Depending on the route and the services, Everest Base Camp trekking would cost somewhere around $1450 to $4200 from starting to the end of the trek. Services from budget, standard to luxury trek are provided which can affect the cost of Everest Base Camp trek. There are various routes to Everest Base Camp from easy to hardest so the cost may vary. Luxurious trekking package may differ from company to company and also return by helicopter can be another factor which can maximize the cost of the trek. Spending couple of night at the base of Mt. Everest during the trek can cost more than $4200.
As the cost of the trek is mainly based on the preferences of the travelers, a fixed cost cannot be concluded for Everest Base Camp trek. The mountainous ranges trek of Nepal cost ranges from budgeted to luxurious with the traveller’s preference. The cost of international flight are excluded in almost every trek packages. In this blog content, we will try to give a detailed breakdown of the exact cost with the factors affecting the price ranges of different operators throughout the world and you can decide whether to do a budget one or a lavish one during your visit.
There are different ways to trek Everest Base Camp. The main factor which will determine your trek cost is the way you trek. There are various national as well as international travel agencies offering different packages for Everest Base Camp trek who will organize everything for you once you confirm the reservation. Another option is to hire a guide and a porter; making your own crew for the trek. Instead of depending on others, you can also complete the trek independently.
The overall estimated cost of Everest Base Camp is affected by various factors which causes variation in the total cost. These factors that affects the cost of EBC trek are explained below with some cost analysis to make it more understandable. One can choose their preferred standard for the trek with these cost analysis. Also, this is a rough estimation that EBC trek operators spend on these factors for your Everest Base Camp Trek.
On your arrival for Everest Base Camp Trek, you will land on the International Airport located at Kathmandu which is the starting point of the trek. Also, Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and “Thamel” a popular tourist hub is located here. So, the expense depends on your preference and includes airport transfers, hotel accommodation and food. There are some UNESCO world’s heritage site around Kathmandu valley. Extra expenses are charged if you want to explore Kathmandu valley for sightseeing tour with a professional English speaking guide. You can always lower down the cost from the selection of your hotel choice. The economy/budget hotels can cost from 15$ whereas the 5-star/Luxury heritage hotels can cost more than 450$ per night. If you want to include a day for Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour then it will add another 80$-150$ as per your service choice.
International flight cost are always excluded from the trip cost organized by an agency. After you fly to Kathmandu from your origin destination, it is always better to start the trek with the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The round trip flight cost of Kathmandu to Lukla can cost around 360$ to 380$ per person for tourist and 100$ per person for trek staff. The maximum baggage weight of these domestic flights is 10 kg only as they are small in size.
Every international tourist excluding India, are required to get a visa during their entry into Nepal. The entry visa can be taken during your arrival at the international airport of Nepal. It would be better to fill up the application form online before your arrival to Nepal. Cost of Nepal’s visa are given at the following rates:
As the Everest Base Camp trek may take 12 to 15 days, it is always better to get a visa of 1 month for your trip.
For Everest Base Camp trek, you require two permits i.e. Local permit and National park permit. The total price of both permit cost $50.
The local permit can be obtained from Lukla or Monjo whereas national park entry permit can be purchased in Kathmandu or Monjo. Just like popular Annapurna Circuit and Poon Hill trek, you can purchase both permits on the routes while trekking as it is impossible to miss permits checkpoints during the trek. Trekkers had to purchase TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System) card earlier but it was replaced by Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entrance permit in 2020 so TIMS card is not required now.
The total accommodation cost of the trip can be determined by two factors: accommodation in Kathmandu and accommodation during the trek. The accommodation cost during the trek is cheaper than that of Kathmandu. You will contribute a large portion of your budget in accommodation at Kathmandu before and after the trek in comparison to trek accommodation. Also, you will have various option for your hotel/lodge choice in Kathmandu which can minimize the cost at Kathmandu.
The accommodation cost differs from teahouses to comfortable lodges and also the altitude. Average cost of one night for a bed can cost around $3 in a basic teahouses and twin bed room can cost $5. As you ascend higher, the accommodation price may increase. The price of accommodation on Gorakshep can reach up to $10 while $7 is a fixed accommodation rate of Lobuche.
The basic room in the teahouses usually have two beds, pillow, blanket and an attached bathroom (except few). Every teahouses have a large dining hall where trekkers eat, relax and chat with other fellow trekkers. The dining is well warmed up and heated by a fireplace which is placed in the center of the dining room.
Note: You can eat your meal at a different place rather than where you are staying the overnight but you may have to pay $10 for your room. So, it’s better to get food where you are spending the overnight.
Following are some extra (optional) service charges during your accommodation.
Internet services may not be free at every teahouses. It is very common in the mountain region to charge wifi service from $2 to $5 per hour even though the service is very slow.
Battery charging cost are usually charged on hourly basis as electricity is not available around the region. It may cost around $2 to $6 per hour and charging a power bank may cost upto $10.
Hot shower are not free in most of the tea houses. It may cost around $2 to $6 for a hot shower depending on the altitude you are at.
Electric blanket and heater services are available. You may have to pay extra $20 per night for the service.
The cost of food and water is another important factor to determine your trek cost. The price of food and water may differ from one teahouse to another. As you climb up higher, the price of food and water increases and you will have lesser options for food menu.
Dal Bhat is the main course that you will find along the trail which is cheaper in comparison to other courses and has a large portion. The price of Dal Bhat begins from $5 from the starting of the trek and can reach up to $12 at Gorakshep. Prices of other food course will be charged from the menu and has fixed price. Always choose vegetarian dishes rather that non-veg as they are cheaper and considered more healthier and fresh in the mountain regions.
Similarly, for bottled water, it will cost from $1 to $4 as you move further up on the trail. The daily average cost of food and water may be around $30 to $40.
Note: Instead of using bottled water, you can take some water purifying tablets with you and sterlize the drinking water which can save plenty of money from drinking water cost.
It is always better to have a guide and porter while you are trekking in Nepal. This can enhance your experience of trekking in Nepal with plenty of information on and around the trail. They know the local language as well as the teahouse owner which can be helpful in communicating with the locals. Also, the porter will be carrying all of your weight. This way, you can simply walk freely, mainly at the high altitude when the trek gets real difficult.
The average cost of a guide per day ranges from $30 to $50 depending on their experience, qualification and language they speak. Hiring a porter can cost from $20 to $25 per day who will be carrying up to 20 kgs of your luggage. Always make sure to meet the guide before the trek, get along with him/her and make sure he is insured for the trek.
Giving a tip in Nepal is expected though it is not mandatory. A good average tip is 10% of the overall trip price for the guide and porter.
A valid travel insurance is a must and required for your trip to Everest Base Camp. There are various insurance company in Nepal. An average travel insurance with trekking up to 6000m may cost around $150 for 30 days. These prices may vary on the basis of your age, nationality and trek duration. But most of the agencies do not manage travel insurance in Nepal, so it is a mandatory to insure yourself at your home country for the travel insurance.
Trekking in the Himalayan region is always uncertain as you have to trek in high altitude and in extreme cold weather so anything can come up during the trek. Due to altitude problem, some trekkers need helicopter rescue service to transfer them from high altitude to reputed hospital for medical treatments. Therefore, it is better to insure yourself from your home country with an appropriate insurance policy which covers every activities during your visit in Nepal.
Travel insurance documents is a mandatory while you process for the trek permits. Cost of insurance is not included in the trip cost. Booking EBC trek requires a copy of your insurance policy.
Before you start your Himalayan adventure trek to Everest Base Camp, it is very essential that you must have proper gears and equipment required for the trek. Cost of such trekking equipment are not included in trek package cost. The cost of beginner’s trekking equipment can be ranged from $200 to $500.
Some of the essential trekking equipment that you need are water and wind proof jackets, thermal clothing, high quality waterproof boots, trekking poles, warm gloves and vice versa.
VAT is a general consumption tax that is applied on every product and services. The government of Nepal charges a total of 13% VAT to all the trek operators and are included in the trek package cost.
Most of the customers believe that if you pay more, you will get better services. Even for Everest Base Camp trek, there are many international luxury trek operators who offer luxury trek package with excessive prices. And surprisingly, they have high success rates with standard safety. But even with all the excessive package cost and safety assurance, they are charging way extra dollars from trekkers, price ranging from US$4000 to more than US$6000 per person.
Not only Everest, but these international luxury operators are specialize in other destinations worldwide. So, they cannot promise the best experience for Everest Base Camp. They do provide excellent services with high facility and safety. But the main aim of EBC trek is not only to reach the final destination but to experience the Sherpa culture and traditions as well which you will be missing with the international luxury operators.
Though they have budget trek operators in their names, a lot of budget tour operators tends to sell Everest Base Camp trek package in a very expensive rate than it costs. On the other hand, the package may look a budget-friendly one but anyway its obviously an expensive one at the end. Normally, these tour operators hire some third party firm which helps them to provide services outside of their own country and tote up their profit margin (10-15%) in the trip cost.
Also, most of these type of operators hire some local guides, offers very limited services and use the cheapest resources for the trek. During the trek, they may provide you the cheapest teahouses excluding the meals for your entire trek. Their trek cost ranges from $1300 to $1900 per person on/off the peak season. Though the package cost is cheaper that others, most of the services like basic meals, airport transfer, food during the trek are excluded which means that you will have to spend extra dollars for the exclusive services.
Though the price range of these operators are very low than that of others, it is always best not to book your trip from such cheap trek operators. Mostly, these trek operators are unsafe and under qualified. If you want your trek to be safe, stress free and more knowledgable, avoiding such operators is always a best decision.
Everybody have a desire to save their money as much as possible but that doesnot mean you should be buying the cheapest product and compromising with a lot of services for the trek. The quality of your trek package does matter and sometime adding up a little cost for the product may offer you quality service and best experiences.
Online Travel Agents are the middle person or say a deal maker who charges certain percent of your package trip on each booking. They receive certain amount as a cut. They offer very low prices for the trek package by reducing certain services for the trek. Mostly, their package cost may start from $700 and goes up to $1100 which can attract a lot of trekkers due to low package price.
You should be very careful while booking an Everest Base Camp Trek package. Trekking to Everest Base Camp is not a joke, it requires a lot of efforts and attention. A lot of risk may arise during the trip so, it is always important to have a responsible tour operator who have good experience and knowledge of Everest region. Booking a trip with an under qualified operators and qualified operators make a real difference to your entire trip.
Due to the rise in tourism industry in Nepal, a lot of local operators have increased in Kathmandu. Most of these local operators are registered and some of them are not. These local operators do not have fixed prices and offers.
As there are many local operators, a huge competition is going on between them. This forces them to research the market, potential resources and the market prices as well. They provide customized itineraries for their clients as per their requirement and preferences. As they have to compete with other local operators, their services are good with safety management. Their price for Everest Base Camp Trek can range from $700 to $1500 per person, including most of the services available. Some of the local operators charge from $1800 to $2200 per person; price increased due to inclusion of luxurious accommodation and foods in Kathmandu and vice versa.
Why should anyone choose any thing? Because of service, right? And yes we provide you quality service, everybody says that but here at Global Holidays Adventure the experience that one could get with us is irreplaceable as we offer hassle free service with the experience in this part of world from a decade ago with high success rate in every trek, climb and tour package that we offer. We are legal company that has been in the business for a quite long period of time. We provide you a local experience as our guides are the one who resides in that particular region and everyone knows the place locally and the amount of effort and the places that they will take you will be the great experience that you will cherish lifelong.
We are very conscious regarding environment and your health and safety as well. Wherever we go we put our optimum effort not to cause any harm to mother earth. However our potters are very experienced and responsible as they will take care of all your belongings causing no harm. We prioritizing your health and safety, our wisely designed itinerary ensuring proper number of acclimatization days will help you to stay in condition in order to get to the point of your desire. We also act fast if your health condition is in trouble either calling helicopter in order to send you to well facilitated hospital or nearby health post.
All our guides are friendly and they give personal attention to everyone in the trip regarding their health condition and push you accordingly respecting your strengths while recognizing your freedom or space.
Lastly, we offer you amazing and well experienced human resource required for a trip where all your needs are fulfilled. If you have a desire to become the most that one can be, we will put maximum efforts to fulfill that desire respecting your strength and with proper safety of a person and their property. Writer Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” And we are here to give you an experience you won’t forget and cherish that experience lifelong.