Everest Base Camp trek package cost breakdown
Below, we have mentioned everything that is covered in your Everest Base Camp trek package cost:
Everest Base Camp trek permit costs
The Everest Base Camp trek requires two permits- the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and the Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entrance permit. The fees of both permits are covered in the package cost, so you do not have to pay extra money.
Below, we have mentioned the cost of both permits:
- Sagarmatha National Park entry permit cost: NPR 3,000 per person
- Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entrance permit cost: NPR 2,000 per person
- These permits are not transferable.
- Only one entry is allowed per permit.
- You will not get a refund once you purchase the permit.
Lukla Flight Cost
The Lukla flight typically departs from Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu or Ramechhap Airport, Manthali. It takes 4 to 5 hours to drive from Kathmandu to reach Ramechhap airport. During the peak trekking seasons, the Lukla flights are transferred to this airport because of the high air traffic.
Several airlines and flight operators offer services to Lukla. Some of the common airlines include Tara Air, Summit Air, and Sita Air. These airlines operate small fixed-wing aircraft, often Twin Otter or Dornier, capable of handling the short and challenging airstrip in Lukla.
The Lukla Airport, Khumbu, Nepal
The cost of a Lukla flight can vary based on factors such as the airline, the time of year, and how far in advance you book. Prices are generally higher during peak trekking seasons, which are spring (pre-monsoon) and autumn (post-monsoon).
In general, the Lukla flight costs approximately USD 430 to USD 450 for a round flight.
Accommodation and Meals
The second major cost covered in the Everest Base Camp trek cost is all accommodations as per the itinerary. In Kathmandu, you will stay overnight in a 3-star hotel or a tourist standard hotel. Likewise, during the trekking, lodges are booked along the trail for overnight stays. The accommodation in the mountains will be simple but clean and cozy.
Likewise, the EBC trek package cost provides three meals during trekking. In Kathmandu, you will get one complimentary dinner (farewell dinner) and all breakfasts. During trekking, we give three meals- breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can choose tea/coffee during breakfast and seasonal fruit after dinner.
Talking about the cost, both budget-friendly (USD 5 to USD 10 per night) and luxury (USD 150 to USD 300 per night) lodges are available along the Everest Base Camp trail. Our standard 14 days EBC trek package includes basic lodges. For meals, you can expect to pay USD 25 to USD 30 daily if trekking solo.
Guide and Porter
The cost of hiring a guide and porter for the Everest Base Camp trek can vary based on several factors, including the trekking season, the duration of the trek, the level of experience and expertise of the guide, and whether you're hiring them independently or through a trekking company.
*Note: If you choose to do the Everest Base Camp trek with a trekking company, then the expense of the guide and porter will be included in the package cost. You do not have to pay additional money other than tips that are up to you.
The cost of the guide can range from USD 30 to USD 45 per day. This cost usually includes the salary, meals, and accommodation. Likewise, hiring a porter independently can cost approximately USD 25 to USD 35 per day.
If you're trekking in a group, the cost of hiring a guide or porter can sometimes be shared among the group members, making it more cost-effective for each individual.
Everest Base Camp trek additional expenses (not covered in the package cost)
International flight fares
The cost of international flight fares to and from Nepal can range from USD 600 to USD 1,500 or more. Premium economy and business class fares typically start from USD 1,500 and can go up to several thousand dollars. Consider baggage fees when comparing fares, especially if you plan to carry trekking gear.
Tourist visas for Nepal are available for various durations: 15 days, 30 days, and 90 days. It can be obtained on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and at land border crossings. You will need a passport with a validity of at least six months, passport-sized photos, and a completed visa application form to apply for the tourist visa.
Below is the cost of the Nepali travel visa:
- 15 Days: USD 30
- 30 Days: USD 50
- 90 Days: USD 125
Tourist visas can be extended at the Immigration Department in Kathmandu or other major cities. The extension fee is USD 3 per day for the first 30 days and USD 2 per day thereafter. The maximum period of extension allowed is 150 days in a visa year (January–December).
*Note: Please understand that visa regulations and fees are subject to change, so make sure to check with the official Nepal Immigration Site or the nearest Nepalese embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information.
The cost of travel insurance for an Everest Base Camp trek varies based on several factors, including age, duration of the trip, coverage limits, and insurance provider. Your EBC trek travel insurance must cover emergency helicopter evacuation and medical bills.
The cost of travel insurance can range from USD 100 to USD 500 or more, depending on the factors mentioned above. Review the policy details carefully to understand what is covered and any exclusions that may apply.
Trekking clothes and gear
The cost of clothing and gear for the Everest Base Camp trek can vary depending on whether you choose to purchase new items or rent them. Renting can be a cost-effective option, especially if you don't plan on using the gear frequently after the trek. Below is the breakdown of essential trekking gear and their estimated costs:
- Trekking boots: A good pair of waterproof and warm hiking boots can range from USD 100 to USD 300.
- Trekking clothes: USD 250 to USD 300 for all necessary trekking clothes.
- Down jacket: A warm, lightweight down jacket can cost between USD 100 to USD 300.
- Sleeping bag: You'll need a sleeping bag rated for cold weather (about -15 degrees Celsius or 14 degrees Fahrenheit). These can cost between USD 100 to USD 400.
- Backpack: A sturdy and comfortable backpack of 50-60 liters costs between USD 100 to USD 200.
- Trekking poles: Cost USD 20 to USD 100.
- Water purification tablets/filters: Cost between USD 10 to USD 50.
- Headlamp: Cost around USD 10 to USD 50.
- Sunglasses: Cost around USD 20 to USD 50.
- Miscellaneous (first aid kit, toiletries, snacks, etc): Cost around USD 50 to USD 150.
You can rent most of the expensive trekking clothes and gear. The cost for rent ranges between USD 1 to USD 10 depending upon the things you are renting. Make sure to double-check the clothes and gear before renting.
Total estimated cost:
- Buying new gear and clothing: USD 600 to USD 1,500
- Renting gear and clothing: USD 150 to USD 300
Tipping guides, porters, and drivers is a customary practice in Nepal and a way to show appreciation for their hard work and assistance during your Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek. It is up to you to decide how much you want to tip.
Reaching the Everest Base Camp, with our local expert guide!
As per your satisfaction level, you can tip the trek guide and porter together USD 100 to USD 200 for the entire trek. If your guide/porter goes above and beyond in terms of safety, information, and overall support, consider tipping to the higher end of the range.
Likewise, you can tip USD 5 to USD 10 to the tour guide and USD 2 to the driver and watchmen.
- If you are trekking in a group, collect from every one and tip jointly.
- Along with the tip, expressing your gratitude verbally is a nice touch. Let your guide, porters, and drivers know how much you appreciate their efforts.
Nepal is a great place to buy some of the most amazing souvenirs like pashmina clothes, mandala art, paintings, tea, incense, antiques, statues, crystals, handmade jewelry, Himalayan salt lamps, local snacks, etc. The cost of souvenirs can vary based on the type of item, its quality, and the location where you make your purchase.
Budget for souvenirs:
- Conservative budget for a few small items: USD 50 to USD 100
- Moderate budget for a mix of medium-quality souvenirs: USD 100 to USD 300
- Generous budget for higher-end items or a larger quantity of souvenirs: USD 300 and above
- Bargaining is a common practice in Nepal, especially in markets and smaller shops. Politely negotiate for a better price.
- Higher-quality items may be pricier, but they often represent better craftsmanship and durability.
- Prices may be higher in popular tourist areas. Explore local markets for potentially better deals.
Extra service charge in the lodges during trekking
During Everest Base Camp trekking, it's common for lodges to charge extra money for certain services beyond the basic accommodation. Below are some extra service charges you might encounter during your trek:
- Hot Showers: USD 3 to USD 5 per shower
- Charging electronic devices: USD 2 to USD 3 per device
- Wi-Fi: USD 5 or more for a few hours
- Boiled drinking water: USD 1 to USD 2 per bottle
- Additional snacks and beverages: USD 10 to USD 15 per day
*Note: Cash is king in these remote areas. Locals do not expect cards or foreign currency, and there is no ATM above Namche Bazaar.
Extra night stays and emergency fund
When embarking on the Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek, consider potential additional costs that may arise beyond the initial trekking package and budget emergency funds accordingly.
If unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, health issues, or other disruptions occur, you may need to extend your stay in a teahouse or lodge. The cost per night can vary, ranging from $20 to $50 or more, depending on the location and services provided.
Unexpected expenses may arise, so having a miscellaneous fund for small purchases, toiletries, or unforeseen costs can be helpful. Set aside at least USD 500 to USD 1,000 as an emergency fund for unforeseen expenses during the Everest Base Camp trek.
Everest Base Camp trek solo or with a trekking company like us?
You have the option to do the Everest Base Camp trek solo or with a trekking company. You can pick any of these two options as per your choice. But if you ask us which is better in terms of safety and overall trekking experience, we will choose trekking with a company like ours.
This is because joining an organized EBC trek will eliminate the entire hassle of obtaining permits and arranging the logistics. Moreover, you will be trekking with a very reliable team and get to enjoy the journey freely. Likewise, our attention to your comfort only makes the journey much more satisfying.
We provide valuable insights into the culture, geography, and history of the region. Our EBC itineraries are very flexible, so you can extend your trip at any time. The package cost you will pay for the Everest Base Camp trek will include a guide and porter who will make sure you are on the trail and assure your safety in emergencies.
Everest Base Camp trek cost with an international company or a local Nepali trekking company
Everest Base Camp trekking with an international company is expensive due to higher overhead costs, including staff salaries, marketing, and administrative expenses. However, local Nepali trekking companies like us typically offer more affordable price points as we have lower overhead costs.
Even if you buy the EBC trek trip from an international travel portal, you will be traveling with a local company like us at the end. This is because every international travel portal works with local Nepali trekking companies on a commission basis to run their trips.
Outfitter Himalaya (the local company) group reached Everest Base camp successfully!
So why not book your Everest Base Camp trek with a local trekking company in Nepal? Trekking with a local company provides a better trip cost and a more authentic cultural experience as you will be traveling with a native guide and porter of the region.
Moreover, choosing a local company also contributes directly to the local economy and helps support the livelihoods of the people in the region. We, Outfitter Himalaya, are one of the very old trekking companies in Nepal with numerous years of expertise in organizing treks in the Himalayas.
We offer high service standards along with better facilities, food, and accommodations. They cater to a huge demographic of travelers from around the world. We assure you of a safe and memorable Everest Base Camp trekking in Nepal.
Different Everest Base Camp trek packages with cost and their speciality
Everest Base Camp trek 14 days
The 14 days Everest Base Camp trek is the standard package with perfect acclimatization time. It is one of the most famous Everest Base Camp trek itineraries and is done by thousands of travelers every year.
Reaching the Everest Base Camp Trek on our 14 Days EBC Trek!
The Everest Base Camp trek 14 days cost starts at USD 1,500 per person and costs USD 1,400 in a group of 2 to 4 trekkers and USD 1,300 in a group of 5 to 12 trekkers.
Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return
The Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return allows you to skip the 65 kilometers of return trekking from Gorak Shep to Lukla. It is an 11-day EBC program. During the EBC trek with helicopter return, you will take a helicopter flight from Gorak Shep to Kathmandu.
Returning by Helicopter after EBC Trek!
The price of this package starts at USD 3,500 per person. If you are trekking in a group of 2 to 4 trekkers, the cost will be USD 2,800 per person. Likewise, for a group of 5 to 12 trekkers, the cost will be USD 2,500 per person.
Luxury Everest Base Camp trek
The luxury Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most expensive EBC trek packages. In this package, you will stay overnight in luxury lodges along the way. You will not have to pay additional money for WiFi, hot showers, or charging. Likewise, the accommodation and meals will be very elegant and comfortable.
The Everest Base Camp Area!
The luxury Everest Base Camp trek is an 12-day program. The cost starts at USD 4,500 per person. For a group of 2 to 4 trekkers, the cost of this package is USD 3,900 per person, and USD 3,700 per person for a group of 5 to 12 trekkers.
Everest Base Camp trek by road
Everest Base Camp trek by road is an ideal package for travelers who wish to escape the Lukla flights. It is longer Everest Base Camp trek packages. The journey is 18 days long and packed with adventure and cultural encounters.
Returning after successful trek to Everest Base Camp!
If you want to spend a long time in the mountains and are looking for a slow trip, then our Everest Base Camp trek by road is a fantastic option. The cost of the package starts at USD 1,700 per person. In a group of 2 to 4 trekkers, the cost will be USD 1,400 per person. Likewise, for a group of 5 to 12 trekkers, the Everest Base Camp trek by road cost will be USD 1,300 per person.
Short Everest Base Camp trek 10 days: budget-friendly
Our short Everest Base Camp trek is a 10 days program. This package does not include arrival and departure from Kathmandu. So, you have to be in the city at least one day before the trek begins.
Likewise, a short EBC trek is best for travelers who are bound by time and want to do a quick trekking adventure. Do note that our short Everest Base Camp trek does not have acclimatization days in its itinerary. So, we recommend this trek only to trekkers who have previous trekking experience and are physically fit.
The package cost starts at USD 1,200 per person. Likewise, a group of 2 to 4 trekkers can do this trek at USD 1,100 per person. And in a group of 5 to 12 trekkers, the cost of a short Everest Base Camp trek starts at USD 1,000 per person.
Everest Panorama trek
The Everest panorama trek is one of the easiest treks in the Everest region. This trek does not take you to the Everest Base Camp, but you will get to witness views of Mt. Everest and many other mountains. The highest point touched during the Everest Panorama trek is Tengboche village, situated at 3,860 meters.
Himalayan view and trekking trail on Everest Panorama Trek!
The Everest panorama trek is an 11-day program and starts at USD 1,200 per person. For a group of 2 to 4 trekkers, the cost of the package is USD 1,050 per person. Likewise, in a group of 5 to 12 trekkers, you can do this trek at USD 950 per person.
Everest Base Camp helicopter tour with landing
The Everest Base Camp helicopter tour is a 4-hour day program. You will also land at Kala Patthar and get to enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Hotel Everest View on this tour. If you are someone with no time or health to do the Everest Base Camp trek or looking for a day activity in Kathmandu, we highly recommend Everest Base Camp helicopter tour with landing.
Everest base camp tour on Helicopter!
It is the quickest way to explore the Everest region and witness stunning mountain panoramas. The flight is 100% safe and regularly operated during the peak seasons. The Everest Base Camp helicopter tour cost starts at USD 1,500 per person. You will be sharing the flight with 4 other passengers and a pilot. Similarly, you also have the option to charter the whole flight.
Tips to save money during the Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal
- Get your international flight tickets early. Booking the flights well in advance often results in lower prices. Do not forget to compare the prices of different airlines and look for discount codes.
- If you're traveling with a group, inquire about group discounts.
- Consider trekking during the off-seasons- summer/monsoon and winter. During these times, prices for accommodations and services are lower, and the trails are less crowded.
- Instead of buying expensive trekking gear, consider renting equipment in Kathmandu. Many shops offer affordable rental options for items like trekking poles, sleeping bags, and jackets. You can rent a trekking pole or sleeping bag at USD 1 to USD 3 per day.
- Get a local Nepali SIM instead of relying on international roaming. Likewise, it is also the best option to use the internet at a decent cost instead of buying WiFi every day during trekking.
- Instead of buying bottled water during trekking, carry a reusable water bottle and water purification tablets. You will get boiled water at USD 1 to USD 2. Bottled water can cost you ten times more in the higher part of the EBC trail.
- Alcohol and luxury items are often more expensive at higher elevations. Limiting these indulgences can help you save money.
- Get ample essential supplies like snacks and toiletries in Kathmandu and avoid purchasing them at higher prices along the trail.
- Eat local and simple meals at teahouses. Local dishes are often more affordable than imported or specialty foods.
- Negotiate prices respectfully during shopping.
- Make sure to get travel insurance that is designed to cover high-altitude adventure activities in Nepal. Do compare different travel insurance and double-check the clauses before buying.
In conclusion, you can expect to pay USD 1,500 to USD 1,300 per person for a standard 14 days Everest Base Camp trek. Apart from that, you have to cover additional expenses that include international flights, travel insurance, tips, shopping, additional food and beverages, etc. For this budget USD 3,500 to USD 4,000 per person.
The overall expense involved during the Everest Base Camp trek is USD 5,500 to USD 6,000 per person if you wish to do this trek comfortably. Do note that this amount can vary from one person to another as per their spending habits.