Make your dream to explore the beauty of the Everest region and take a picture at the lap of Mt. Everest (8,848.86m.|29,031ft.) come true with us on our 12 days Everest Base Camp budget trek. Witness jaw-dropping Himalayan panorama and experience an adventurous venture of your lifetime.
You don't have to stop dreaming to stand at the lap of the world's highest mountain, Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/7,598 ft), just because of the cost it takes to reach that point. We have designed a 12 days Everest Base Camp budget trek that allows travelers, backpackers, and youths with a tight budget to explore the wonders of the Khumbu region. You will be trekking through the exquisite Sherpa villages, verdant forests, and gorgeous valleys.
What makes our 12 days Everest Base Camp trek different from the usual EBC trek?
The factor that makes Everest Base Camp Budget Trek different from our 14 days EBC trek is the itinerary, in which we have designed our budget-friendly Everest Base Camp trek itinerary without including the stay in Kathmandu.
Likewise, the accommodation will be the most basic one available along the way. The trip does not include the stay in Kathmandu. This small adjustment in the Everest Base Camp trek package has allowed us to offer you this lifetime experience on a budget.
With that being said, the budget Everest Base Camp trek does not take away the essence of trekking in the Khumbu region just because of the low price. While trekking through the lovely villages, you can meet the Sherpas and see their lifestyle. The trail is abundant with lush forests of rhododendron, pine, oak, etc. You will cross suspension bridges and pass by stunning waterfalls. The terraced fields, streams, and gorges add more thrill to the trail.
Views during the Everest Base Camp budget trek
Some of the mountains you can see during the 12 days Everest Base Camp Budget Trek are Mt. Everest (8,848.86m.|29,031ft.), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m.|27,940ft.), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188m.|26,864ft.), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812m.|22,349ft.), Mt. Pumori (7,161m.|23,494ft.), Mt. Thamserku (6,608m.|21,680ft.), Island Peak (6,160m.|20,210ft.), Mt. Nuptse (7,861m.|25,791ft.), etc. Numerous rocky & green hills are seen during the trek too. The views get prettier with every new village and fuel you to move further.
Major Attractions During Everest Base Camp budget trek
Lukla is the main gateway of the Khumbu region. The small town at the elevation hosts hundreds of trekkers and visitors daily. The city is home to one of the highest airports in Nepal, Tenzing- Hillary airport, the only regular flight holder airport in Solukhumbu among four airports. Most tourists use Lukla as their arrival and departure point in their trip to the Khumbu region. Lukla can accommodate thousands of tourists at once in its newly built, highly equipped, and well-facilitated hotels, lodges, and guest houses. There are many restaurants as well as viewpoints for the recreation of the tourists.
Namche Bazaar is the central town of Solukhumbu district and one of the primary stopovers during the trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo trekking plans. Apart from being highly reputed for hosting and hospitality for visitors, Namche has the reputation of being the historic trading hub of Nepal. During ancient times, when Tibetan people used the territory of Khumbu to carry their goods, Namche served as a checkpoint or transit point.
The city is rich in yak and yak milk, used for making various dairy products like chhurpi, curd, cheese, and many more. Namche, one of the Khumbu region's historical settlements, has settlements with several attractions and distinctive characteristics. The Sunday market, which Tibetan traders used to exchange southern food, grains, and salt for Tibetan goods, is still preserved as a reminder of earlier times. We can still purchase the unique and ancient things that serve as a sweet reminder of Namche Bazaar.
Sagarmatha National Park
The shelter for the plants and animals of the Khumbu region, famed for its high mountains, glaciers, and deep valleys, is Sagarmatha National Park. The park is home to several endangered species. The Sherpas' presence at this location, with their own culture, increases its attraction. Due to these same factors, Sagarmatha National Park got listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.
Sagarmatha National Park offers breathtaking views of snow-covered mountain peaks, including Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. There are almost 1,000 different flower species in the national park. Various bird species find it to be a haven. Similarly, the national park is home to recognizable animals, including the snow leopard, red panda, Thar Himalayas, and musk deer.
Khumjung Monastery is en route to Everest Base Camp. It is also one of the most famous trekkers attractions. The Khumjung monastery is an ancient one and has the alleged yeti’s scalp kept safe inside the monastery. The tourists can see the half-football-shaped scalp after paying a certain to enter the monastery. It is said that a yeti scalp was found while Sir Edmund Hillary was doing expedition research during the early 1960s. The yeti is a mythical creature that resembles a person but is much stronger and taller than a person. There is no evidence to support the existence of yetis, but locals continue to hold this belief.
Khumjung High School and Hospitals
Sir Edmund Hillary is not only the first person to summit the peak of Mt. Everest, but also he is a messiah of the Khumbu People. After his successful expedition to Everest, he decided to reside there and completed many projects like English medium schools and hospitals for the convenience of the Khumbu people. He started Edmund Hillary Fellowship to help the remote villages of Khumbu and promote the Khumbu region. The school and hospital are examples of his contribution to the Khumbu region.
Phortse is a village in Khumbu Valley at an elevation of 3840 meters. It resembles an actual Sherpa village because it is away from the central trekking route. Phortse is a track connecting Pangpoche and providing stunning valley views for walking in place of the typical Tengboche route.
Tengboche Village and Monastery
The traditional village Tengboche Monastery is a popular destination for tourists. At 3867 meters above sea level is where it rises. The town frequently acts as a stopover for visitors and sometimes as a resting place for a day or two.
The Tengboche Monastery is the largest in the Khumbu region and is its main draw. It also provides stunning views of Himalayan ranges and peaks. This location is incredibly significant in terms of both culture and tourism.
Gorak Shep is one of the highest settlements in the world. The village stands tall at 5164 meters from sea level. The Gorakshep village is small but is also a stoppage point for many tourists during Everest Base Camp Budget Trek. Gorak Shep is the last stoppage point during the trekking of Everest Base Camp, so the significance of the small village increases by country miles.
Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp always draws the attention of trekking aspirants. It is best to be after many days of hard work and grit. The gigantic 5364 meters tall from sea level base camp needs no introduction. It is always regarded as the pinnacle of trekking. The Everest Base Camp becomes so special feeling and important for trekkers because it is a final gateway before the climb of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Sagarmatha. Also, you will be standing on the lap of Mt. Everest, which is an honor in itself.
Every year more than 40,000 people reach the Everest Base Camp. Some of them accommodate themselves in the base camp. There is a campsite beside the base camp, which is now displaced to 200-400 meters lower from the present location citing the security and safety of the trekkers. You can meet mountaineers on their way to the summit of Everest during your Everest Budget Trek, especially in the busy trekking season.
Kala Patthar is an iconic place to have a closer view of Mt. Everest. Kala Patthar elevates at 5545 meters from sea level and is the highest elevation you can get during the Everest Base Camp budget trek. Kala Patthar is a must-visit place during your visit to the Everest Base Camp. Kala Patthar is only 10-meter prominent but provides the most iconic vista of Mt. Everest. Kala Patthar is also commonly famous for the helipad and helicopter arrivals. Kala Patthar is the nearest place to Everest Base Camp, from where you can have a helicopter ride. However, this plan does not include a helicopter ride from Kala Patthar. If you want to return to Kathmandu by Chopper flight we can arrange that for you.
Festivals Celebrated in Khumbu Region
The festivals of the locals during the Everest Budget Trek will be a cherry on the cake for any tourist. Getting to know the culture and tradition while embarking on the natural vistas is no less than a feast. If you get lucky to have trekking during the months of their festival, you can also participate in the glorious feasts of the Sherpa People.
There are mainly three festivals that Sherpas often celebrate. The festivals they celebrate are Mani Rimdu, Dumje, and Gyalpo Lhosar. Gyalpo Lhosar is the biggest festival in this region.
Mani Rimdu Festival
Mani Rimdu is not the biggest festival for the Khumbu people, but it is the longest-running festival. The festival runs for 19 days. It falls in Autumn, generally in October and November. The locals celebrate the first 16 days of this festival by offering prayers to the gods, meeting and greeting relatives, friends, etc. The final three days are mostly known for the big celebrations and feasting with food and drinks. The locals gather together and participate in a giant party. Trekkers can join in the festival with the locals too.
Dumje is a festival celebrated by wishing for everyone’s happiness and prosperity. It falls in July. It is celebrated for a week to memorize the joy of the successful cultivation of the farm and seeds. The locals attend the monasteries and celebrate by offering their god's prayers and meditations.
Gyalpo Lhosar is the greatest festival for the local Sherpas of the Khumbu region. Gyalpo Lhosar, celebrated as the Tibetan New year in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, falls either in February or March and is celebrated for more than two weeks. The people who follow Buddhism go to the monasteries and pray for their happiness and success in the coming years. Kathmandu city also celebrates the festival of Gyalpo Lhosar. We can see big riots around Swaymbhunath, Bouddhanath, and Tundikhel during the day of Gyalpo Lhosar. Gyalpo Lhosar is observed by feasting during the celebrations in the Khumbu region.
What makes Nepal Nirvana Trails unique?
The little details we work on to make our Everest Base Camp Budget Trek arrangement smooth is something that makes us, Nepal Nirvana Trails unique. Our 12 days Everest Base Camp Budget Trek cost is very reasonable and the best in the market. Despite the low cost, you will get assisted by our professional, experienced trek guides.
Trekking with us means you are trekking with a company that has more than two decades of experience in the field. Our trips say all about it. There will be no compromise in the customer service or safety of the trip.
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