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Budget Everest Base Camp Trek: A Cost-Effective Adventure

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Kathmandu Airport
Lukla Airport
Min Age : 12
Max People : 18
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Setting out on the Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal represents a lifelong aspiration for countless adventurers from across the globe. Known for its breathtaking landscapes and cultural richness, the journey to Everest Base Camp (EBC) is challenging and rewarding. This tour aims to provide budget-conscious travellers with a detailed overview of how to experience this iconic journey without breaking the bank.

What Makes Everest Base Camp Budget Trek Special? 

Unlike standard treks, which can be quite expensive, the Budget Everest Base Camp Trek is specifically designed to be cost-effective. Yet, it still encompasses all the elements that make the journey to Everest Base Camp iconic. This trek not only provides awe-inspiring views of the world’s highest peaks but also introduces trekkers to the rich cultural tapestry and unique lifestyles of the Sherpa communities.

Budget-Friendly Tips for Trekkers

Before you set foot on the trail, effective planning is crucial to ensure you keep costs low:

  • Travel Off-Peak: Trekking during the shoulder seasons (early spring or late autumn) can be cheaper, with fewer crowds and favourable weather.
  • Book Locally: Consider organizing your trek through local Nepalese trekking agencies. They offer competitive prices compared to international agents.
  • Group Travel: Consider trekking in a group to share costs associated with guides, porters, and accommodations, effectively reducing the overall expense of your journey.
  • Local Cuisine: Opt for local meals over imported goods; they are not only cheaper but also provide a more authentic taste of the region.
  • Essential Packing: Bring all necessary trekking gear from home to avoid costly purchases in Kathmandu or along the trail, thereby ensuring you keep expenses to a minimum.

Conclusion: Why Choose Everest Base Camp Budget Trek

The Everest Base Camp Budget Trek is ideal for those who dream of reaching the base of the world’s highest mountain but are mindful of their expenses. It offers a comprehensive experience of Nepal’s natural wonders and cultural richness, all at a fraction of the cost. Suppose you’re looking to embark on an affordable and fulfilling life-changing journey. In that case, the Everest Base Camp Budget Trek is your gateway to achieving that dream without compromising the quality of your adventure.

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Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal

Departure Time

Between 7 – 8 am (flexible)

Price Includes

  • Domestic flight to and from Lukla airport
  • 3 nights shared twin accommodation at Kathmandu Suite Home
  • 11 nights shared twin accommodation at guesthouses
  • 11 Breakfasts on the trek
  • To be noted: - Inside toilets will be provided in Lukla, Phading and Namche Bazar. There will be commonly shared rooms after Namche Bazaar as the facilities of guest houses are normal when you go to higher elevations.
  • Airport pick up / drop off
  • All logistic documents
  • All Wages, Airfare, Medical, and Travel Insurance for Guide
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
  • Pasanglhamu Municipality Entry Permit
  • All applicable government taxes
  • Private Transfer to/from Airport ( Arrival/Departure)

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping for guide / porter (recommended)
  • Trekking Equipment, including Down Sleeping Bag and Jacket
  • Any beverages including tea / coffee
  • Round-trip flight ($433.89 per person)- payable in cash on arrival.
  • Trek permit ($50 per person)- payable in cash on arrival.
  • Travel insurance against personal accidents and rescue evacuation
  • Hotel Shower Charge and electronic device charges on the trek
  • Lunch and dinner


  • Trekking duffle bag
  • Company T-Shirt

Trek Highlights

  • Varied LandscapesExperience everything from green woodlands to glacier moraines and the stark beauty of high-altitude terrains.
  • Sherpa CultureImmerse yourself in the culture of the Sherpa communities, known for their hospitality and rich mountaineering heritage.
  • Kala Patthar AscentThe trek's climax is the ascent to Kala Patthar (5,550 m), offering the best viewpoint to gaze upon Everest, along with its neighboring giants such as Pumori, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse. This spot provides a panoramic spectacle that is unmatched, making the strenuous journey worthwhile.
  • Sagarmatha National ParkExplore this UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers lush landscapes and diverse wildlife, all under the shadow of Everest.
  • Visit to Tengboche MonasteryDiscover the spiritual and architectural grandeur of the largest monastery in the Khumbu region, Tengboche Monastery.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m)

Upon landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted and transported to the Kathmandu Suite Home Hotel for your initial stay. This day is meant to settle in and prepare for the trek ahead.

Day 2 Fly to Lukla (2,800m) and Trek to Phakding (2,600m)

An early departure from the hotel will have you return to the airport, ready for a thrilling flight to Lukla. From Lukla, begin a 3-hour trek to Phakding, a slightly lower elevation which helps with acclimatization. An overnight stay is at a local guesthouse where you can enjoy dinner and breakfast.

Day 3Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,535m)

The trek to Namche Bazaar involves a steady climb through the Khumbu region’s stunning landscapes. Namche Bazaar is a vibrant village that serves as the area’s economic hub. You will spend the night in a guesthouse, absorbing the local atmosphere.

Day 4 Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar (3,535m)

This day is reserved for acclimatization. You will take light walks around the valley and visit a local museum to learn about Sherpa culture. The day offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy panoramic views of Everest and surrounding peaks. Overnight stay will be at the same guesthouse.

Day 5Trek to Tengboche (3,850m)

After breakfast, the journey continues uphill to Tengboche, known for its iconic monastery, one of the most important in the region. Participate in a prayer ceremony and explore the monastery. Stay overnight at a guesthouse in Tengboche.

Day 6Trek to Dingboche (4,350m)

The trek progresses to Dingboche, a scenic village offering spectacular views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and other peaks. It’s an important stop for further acclimatization. The night will be spent in a local guesthouse.

Day 7Acclimatization in Dingboche, visit to Chhukung Valley (4,350m)

Spend another day in Dingboche to acclimatize, visiting Chhukung Valley and Chhukung Ri (5,546m). These sites offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains, particularly Mt. Makalu. Return to Dingboche for an overnight stay in a guesthouse.

Day 8Trek to Lobuche (4,950m)

Today’s trek will bring you closer to Everest as you head to Lobuche. The trail passes through alpine meadows and yak pastures with views of Khumbu Glacier. Overnight stay in Lobuche at a guesthouse.

Day 9Visit Everest Base Camp (5,400m) and return to Gorakshep (5,160m)

Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp, experiencing the excitement and awe of standing at the base of the world’s highest peak. After spending some time at base camp, return to Gorakshep for the night.

Day 10Hike to Kalapathar (5,545m) and trek to Pheriche (4,280m)

An early morning hike to Kalapathar for sunrise views over Mount Everest. Later, trek down to Pheriche, a village known for its beautiful alpine scenery. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 11Return to Namche Bazaar (3,535m)

Begin the descent back to Namche Bazaar, retracing your steps along the trail. Enjoy the easier pace and familiar sights. Overnight in Namche.

Day 12Trek back to Lukla (2,800m)

Continue your descent to Lukla, where the trekking portion of your journey concludes. Celebrate the completion of your trek with one last night in Lukla.

Day 13Return to Kathmandu (1,400m)

Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for resting or exploring the city further.

Day 14Extra Day: Explore Kathmandu

A buffer day in Kathmandu is a perfect opportunity to delve into the vibrant cultural heritage of this dynamic city. If you’re interested in sightseeing, consider contacting us to arrange a guided tour. Our knowledgeable guides can navigate you through the historical and spiritual landmarks of the city, such as the historic Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, and other cultural attractions. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 15Departure

After breakfast, check out of the hotel. Our agency, Nepal Hiking Pvt. Ltd will arrange an airport transfer for your departure, marking the end of your journey.


Route map of the trek

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Aaron C

Solo Traveller

This tour was very accommodating with any needs I had, and were willing to provide solo tours if no other people had booked the same dates. My guide was great and was knowledgeable about the Himalayas! I highly recommend

4 November 2019

Sheri A

Family Traveller

Nepal Hiking Pvt. organized our tour and paid attention to all the details to accommodate us. I highly recommend Nepal Hiking Pvt. tour company.

3 November 2019


Group Traveller

As part of a large group, Nepal Hiking delivered a well organised package that took care of transfers, accommodation, meals, inflights and trekking passes. On arrival at the airport we received a very warm welcome and were then transferred to a lovely hotel in Thamel with wonderful staff, clean rooms, hot showers and great breakfasts. You can also enjoy drinks and breathtaking sunsets overlooking Kathmandu, from the rooftop terrace.

The management and staff were always very attentive and most helpful to any questions or advice required. All throughout the trek the guides made our comfort and safety a priority while remaining very supportive, caring and passionate about the people and their work. What more could you ask for?

Thank you to all the wonderful team at Nepal Hiking for your professionalism, great organisation and assistance. This made my stay in Nepal, a pleasure indeed! Memories forever!

5 April 2019

Rob Brown

Family Traveller

This was the third time that I have employed the services of Nepal Hiking and like previous adventures they delivered a professional attentive comprehensive and excellent value package. I took my family of 2 adult children and my wife this time on the Everest Base Camp trek.

Every aspect of our trip was seen to with friendly and prompt attention by Bhairam. Our guide Mahendra and porters were outstanding in assisting all of us to reach our potential on the trek while never compromising our safety and personal challenges.

Communication was really good as all the guides are very experienced and speak fluent English. Lots of information about the places on the trek made it a great family learning experience as well as an exciting physical challenge.

Nepal Hiking will take care of accommodation, airport transfers all trekking documents and flights, and will customise your trek to suit your level of fitness and needs.

An amazingly efficient company run by people who are passionate and ethical.
Do not look elsewhere, let Nepal Hiking make your trip to Nepal a memorable one.

2 April 2018
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