Everest Base Camp Budget Trek - 12 Days

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Know before you go
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season March to May and Mid-Sep to Mid-Dec
  • Trip Area Everest Region
  • Maximum Altitude 5545m.|18192ft.

Highlights

  • Trek to Everest Base Camp on budget
  • Follow a slightly different trekking route than the usual EBC trek
  • Come across a range of flora and fauna
  • Meet with the friendly Sherpas and get to see their lifestyle
  • The trail ascends through lush forests and beautiful villages
  • Witness breathtaking mountain scenery throughout the trek
  • Thrilling flight in/out of Lukla with stunning aerial views of the Himalayas
  • Explore the Everest Base Camp and witness gorgeous sunrise from Kala Patthar
  • Cross old bridges, gorges, and moraines on the way
  • No compromise in safety and quality of service despite the low package cost

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. There is no inclusion of porter in the trip cost. You will meet the trekking guide at the Lukla Airport.

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 

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

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 

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 Village 

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 

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 

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 Festival

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 

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.

You can now book our Everest Base Camp Budget Trek 2024|2025 for the spring or autumn season anytime. If you find any difficulty in booking online or have any queries regarding the Everest Base Camp Budget Trek cost, then contact us anytime.

Itinerary

Day to Day Details

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We will pick you up from your hotel or hostel very early in the morning as per our flight schedule and reach the airport in an hour, and we fly from Kathmandu to Lukla in about 25-minute and land at the Tenzing Hillary Airport, the world's most magnificent airport.

(The flight can be scheduled from Manthali too, in the main season time, there is high volume of visitors so the flight departure destination is changed.)

Today we have a short walk through Choplung village, Dudh Koshi River, an eye-catching view of Kusum Kanguru mountain, Ghat village with the painted mani stones, prayers flags, Ghat monastery, and then we reach Phakding village. We can do a small excursion near the Dudh Koshi river, Phakding gompa in the afternoon.

  • Guest House
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • 2840m.|9316ft.

After Breakfast, we will continue our exciting and a bit harder day because we are going to almost an altitude of 800-meter. We will go through the way to Namche Bazaar crossing many suspension bridges and waterfalls. The riverside walk provides positive energy and more excitement as you will see Mt. Everest view for the first time from Top Danda just before Namche Bazaar. We suggest walking slow and drinking more water, and you will get Namche bazaar in the afternoon.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3440m.|11286ft.

Today our guide will take you to the Army camp, Namche bazaar. There is a park museum, Sherpa museum, and the best views of Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Taboche, the Nuptse, Lhotse, and of course the best visible view of Mt Everest.

If you prefer to walk more, why not hike to the Everest view hotel to view the magnificent views of the Himalayas.

This village was a business trade point between Tibet and Nepal many years ago. There is Saturday Market where many Tibetan business people bring clothes, food, electronic things to sell, and local business people also sell at a better cost that day.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Phortse is the old Sherpa village with many world-recorded climbing Sherpas and peaceful farming lands. We suggest you visit this village instead of going through the regular routes. The best views of Mt. Choyo (8188m.) and many other mountains can visualize from the Phortse village.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3950m.|12929ft.

Today we begin our trek from the less crowded trails, Phortse - Pangboche village. We go through a bit different way than many people hike to Everest base camp. You can see the views of Thamserku, Kangtega, Ama Dablam en route, and we have a chance to visit one of the oldest monasteries of the Khumbu region in the Upper Pangboche. After a walk of another 3 hours, you will get to Dingboche.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4410m.|14469ft.

Today, you are at an altitude of 4410m. It's a bit challenging as it's hard to sleep at night, and you may not have a good appetite. Be mentally strong and feel positive. We suggest you drink 3 to 5 liters every day. Doing a bit of hiking in the afternoon or evening is good to support acclimatizing.

It's the second acclimatization day guide takes you on a hike to Nagarjun Hill (5100m.), where you can see Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Island peak, Cholatse peak, Taboche peak. Though it's hard, it's exciting each day because of the excitement you are very close to the destination, Everest Base Camp.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Another exciting day with a bit of challenge again, from Dingboche to Dughla 2 to 3 hours walk with the best views of TABOCHE PEAK. We suggest you stay mentally healthy and drink more water.

After lunch, we will climb very gently to the Tokla Pass. When you get there, you will forget all your day's challenging hikes because of the 360 views of the Himalayas. Over Tokla Pass, there are the memorial stupas in honor of Scott Fischer, Rob Hall, the record-breaking climbing Sherpa Late Babu Chiri Sherpa, and many other mountaineers who lost their lives while climbing Mount Everest.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4910m.|16109ft.

We have a very early morning breakfast and then start our trip to the destination, Everest Base Camp (5364m.) Walking about hours through the moraines, we stop in the Gorak Shep for snacks, and energy food, and again walk for hours with our exhausted bodies, then we finally reach Everest Base Camp. for an overnight stay, we return to the Gorakshep.

Our round trip is about 7 to 8 hours.

October, November, March, April, and May is the best time for Everest base camp treks. Although in the Spring season, there are many more expeditions to Everest. The tent camps are there in Everest base camp, and sometimes you may get to meet your friend or neighbors or college friend from the same town or club's friend who is there to climb Mt. Everest. You can chat and have coffee with them and wish them good luck to summit Mt Everest.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5364m.|17593ft.

It might be the lifetime highest elevation you are at Kala Patthar (5545m). from where you can see the sunrise at the face of Mt Everest. The morning is chilly cold, but you forget your tiredness and cold after getting to Kala Patthar. Leaving the Everest Base Camp standing still, we head back to Gorakshep and then descend slowly to Dughla. Overnight we will stay at Pheriche village.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5545m.|18192ft.

Descending will feel much easy than heading up. It feels like a piece of cake which means feeling easier. We head down through a different trail via Tengboche because we head to EBC via Phortse village. You might quick photograph and coffee break or lunch. The day is a bit long, and you have to hurry as you need to reach Namche Bazaar.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3440m.|11286ft.

It is the last day of the Himalayan hike. You might be sad, missing beautiful mountains and friendly Nepali people, but on the other hand, you may be excited to be back at home, job, no more dal bhat or Khumbu cough, no more mountain cold. It's your final dinner with your guide, a lovely mountain man, who becomes a good friend for 11 days together. You have come as a tourist to them but go as a friend.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2840m.|9318ft.

You have a very early breakfast, NNT mountain guide drops you at the Lukla airport. The guide manages all the boarding pass needed paperwork for the flight. It is your last goodbye to the mountain guide. Our office team will meet you at Kathmandu domestic airport and escort you to your hotel/ hostel. At 6:00 pm, we will have a farewell dinner in a fine restaurant with the management team.

  • Breakfast
  • 1400m.|4593ft.

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Route Map

Everest Base Camp Budget Trek - 12 Days map

What's Included

  • Airport transfer services during local flight schedule
  • Accommodations during the treks on a sharing basis
  • Meals (B/L/D) during the trek
  • Experienced English-speaking government-licensed trekking guide - Guide meet at Lukla
  • Guide salary, food, equipment, and insurance 
  • All applicable Permits: National Park and Khumbu Municipality Permits
  • Flight tickets from Manthali to Lukla and Lukla to Manthali (Note: If you want via helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla we will book for you as sharing with others cost extra)
  • Trekking map and Water purification tablet
  • Official expenses and government tax/VAT.

What's Excluded

  • International flight tickets
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Accommodation and food in Kathmandu
  • Travel and health Insurance which cover emergency Rescues and evacuations
  • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (if you would like to take a porter to carry your stuff it will cost you USD 200 each porter, who can carry maximum 25 KG)
  • Expenses during the trekking such as hot shower, all kind of drinks, extra meals, Wi-Fi or data, battery charging, upgraded accommodation etc.
  • Tips for treks guide (it is appreciated)
Add-Ons & Options

The Everest Base Camp Trek Package of 12 Days provides an affordable way for budget-conscious trekkers to explore the Everest Region. Yet, for those seeking an upgraded experience, there are add-on options to enhance your journey.

Need a place to stay in Kathmandu? We provide the stay at the 2-star and 3-star hotel with the breakfast included.

2-Star Accommodation:

  • Single Room: $25
  • Double Room: $30

3-Star Accommodation:

  • Single Room: $35
  • Double Room: $45

Carrying a heavy backpack? No worries! You can hire a porter for an extra cost, and you can even share the cost with another trekker since a porter can carry up to 20-22 kg.

  • One Porter Costs: USD 200

Flying to the Lukla Airport is a thrilling experience so, why not opt for a helicopter ride instead of a regular airplane while embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to EBC? If you're interested in a helicopter journey to and from Lukla, as well as from Gorakshep to Kathmandu, we can arrange it for an additional fee.

  • Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter Ride: USD 600
  • Lukla to Kathmandu Helicopter Ride: USD 600
  • Gorakshep to Kathmandu Helicopter Ride: USD 1300

Note: The helicopter ride costs mentioned are on a sharing basis. If you would like the charter the flight then please contact us at info@nepalnirvanatrails.com or WhatsApp at +977 9841380469.

If you would like to enhance your Nepal Trip experience, then you can add-on 2 Night 3 Days Chitwan Jungle Safari Package. 

  • 2 Night 3 Days Chitwan Jungle Safari Package: $150

Upcoming Departures

    
Start DateTuesdayJune 25, 2024End DateSaturdayJuly 06, 2024PriceGuaranteedUS $909
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Useful Info

Everest Base Camp Budget Trek difficulty

The 12 Days Everest Base Camp Budget Trek is a moderate trek. It's a beginner-friendly trek. However, the trekker should be able to walk 6 to 8 hours a day with a backpack. The terrain is steep and rugged. There are numerous long ascents and descents along the way.

Prepare your body and mind for the journey. Go on some hikes and work on your endurance. Activities like cycling, swimming, and running will help you a lot too to prepare for the trek.

Altitude Sickness in Everest Budget Trek

Our 12 Days Everest Base Camp Budget Trek has two acclimatization days same as EBC 14 Days Trek. Our Everest Base Camp budget trek itinerary does not exceed more than 500 meters a day.

Your trek guide will keep checking on your health. We will do our best to make sure the trek goes smoothly without any medical issues. Still, it's not completely in our hands, therefore we request you to follow some of the things mentioned below.

  • If you get any of these symptoms - headache, breathing problems, loss of appetite, and nausea, inform your guide and take the proper measures.
  • Keep yourself hydrated and eat a balanced diet.
  • Do not drink alcohol or smoke.

Budget Everest Base Camp Trek route

The Everest Base Camp Budget Trek begins with a scenic short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. We descend to Phakding on the same day and continue trekking towards Namche Bazaar the next morning. The trail crosses the Dudh Koshi River several times and ascends through dense forests, following a steep path to Namche Bazaar.

Further, we will make our way to Phortse village and climb to Dingboche. From Dingboche, we pass by Lobuche and Gorak Shep before reaching Everest Base Camp. The ascent to EBC involves walking on steep snowy moraine and rocky sections.

Next early morning, we hike to Kala Patthar to witness the gorgeous sunrise and drop down to Pheriche. We will then trek back to Lukla via Namche Bazaar and Phakding. This part of the trail is the same as before.

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost

The cost of the 12 Days Everest Base Camp Budget Trek varies depending on the size of your group.

  • For one trekker, the trip cost would be $1109.
  • For the trekkers in the group of 2 trekkers, the trip cost would be $999.
  • For the trekkers in the group of 3 trekkers, the trip cost would be $959.
  • For the trekkers in the group of 4 trekkers, the trip cost would be $949. 
  • For the trekkers in the group of 5 trekkers, the trip cost would be $939. 
  • For the trekkers in the group of 6 to 10 trekkers, the trip cost would be $909.

Though this is a 12 Days Everest Base Camp Budget Trek, the facilities along the trek will be comfortable with a standard guest house for stay and no compromise in our service. The package costs do not cover any personal expenses, international flight tickets, travel insurance, tipping, and accommodation & meals in Kathmandu.

Last Minute Booking for Everest Base Camp Budget Trek

Book 12 Days Everest Base Camp Budget Trek with us anytime. We do take last-minute bookings too with 100% upfront payment of the package cost. All you have to do is be available in Kathmandu before the day trek commences.

What permits do I need for the Everest Base Camp Budget Trek?

If you are going to do the 12 Days Everest Base Camp Budget Trek in 2024|2025, you will need Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit.

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit costs: NPR 2000, per person

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit costs: NPR 3000, per person

*Note: Our package cost covers all the permits, and we will obtain them on your behalf.

Everest Base Camp Budget Trek best time

You can do 12 Days Everest Base Camp Budget Trekking anytime from March to May and Mid- September to Mid-December. These are the best times to trek in the Himalayas and enjoy fantastic mountain views. The climate is usually moderate, with temperatures ranging from -20°C to 10°C.

The nights and mornings are relatively cold, so carry a few warm pieces too. As the weather remains stable, we will be able to complete the trek without any issues. Likewise, you can also trek to EBC in early winter and relish the jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains.

Everest Base Camp Budget Trek Packing List

Hiking to the Everest base camp budget trek (EBC) requires specialized equipment. Here is a list of the basic equipment you will need:

- Backpack: A backpack with a capacity of at least 50-80 liters to carry all your gear. It should be sturdy and comfortable to carry.

- Sleeping bag: A warm sleeping bag rated for cold temperatures (-20°C recommended).

- Trekking boots: A pair of sturdy trekking boots that are comfortable, ankle support.

- Clothes: A range of clothing suitable for cold temperatures, including a warm jacket, thermal layers, and a waterproof shell.

  • Here is a list of clothing you should consider bringing for the Everest base camp budget trek:
  • Base layers: Lightweight, moisture-wicking
  • Mid layers: Fleece or synthetic insulation
  • Outer layers: Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants.
  • Hat, Beanie
  • Gloves
  • Trekking pants
  • Socks (Min 3 pairs)
  • T-shirts (Min-3 pcs)
  • Down jacket or fleece.

It's important to dress in layers so that you can adjust your clothing to suit the changing weather conditions. It's also a good idea to bring a few extra clothes in case of unexpected weather or other emergencies.

- Headlamp: A headlamp is essential for navigating in the dark.
- First-aid kit: It's important to bring a basic first-aid kit, including any medications that you may need.
- Water bottles or hydration system: You will need to stay hydrated on the trek, so bring two water bottles or a hydration system to last the duration of the trek.
- Trekking poles: Trekking poles can help you maintain balance and reduce the strain on your legs and knees.
- Sunscreen and sunglasses: Protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen and sunglasses.
- Trekking towel, slippers, wet tissue, toilet paper, hand sanitizer
- It's also a good idea to bring a camera, a book or other forms of entertainment, and snacks to sustain you during the trek.

Accommodation during Everest Budget Trek

The 12 Days Everest Base Camp Budget Trek accommodation is on the basic side. The room will be shared with other trekkers.

Food Available in Everest Base Camp Budget Trek

You can get a variety of food options on the Everest Base Camp budget trek. The package offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Any other snacks or dinners out of offered meals are not covered in the package cost. Among all the options, dal bhat tarkari, the typical Nepali menu is the freshest, healthiest, and most nourishing option you will get.

It is served with veggies, rice, and lentil soup with some other side dishes. Other than this, you can get porridge, momo, noodles, steak, soup, thukpa, sandwiches, etc.

Travel Insurance for Everest Base Camp Budget Trek

We always recommend travel insurance to our guests while trekking in the remote Himalayas. The budget Everest Base Camp Trek is a high-altitude trek, so unseen events might take place even with our best efforts.

Well-covered travel insurance (air evacuation up to 6000 meters and medical bills) will allow us to offer you quick medical assistance in case of an emergency. Nepal's policy does not provide travel insurance to international travelers. Therefore, you have to get one in your home country.
Here are Some of the recommended insurance companies for the Everest base camp budget trek, click here.

*Note: Double-confirm all the clauses in the travel insurance before confirming it.

Travel Tips (electricity, internet, ATM, luggage, tipping, personal expenses)

  • The charging facility is available throughout the trek. You have to pay little money for the service. Extra batteries or a solar charger are advised.
  • The last ATM is in Namche Bazaar. Even though our trek package covers accommodation and meals, you may want to buy snacks and drinks out of offered meals. Therefore, Namche Bazaar is the last place where you can withdraw some money to use while trekking.
  • You can use the WiFi offered in the lodges paying a small fee. Everything costs money in the Everest region because of its remoteness.
  • The luggage limit for the trek is 10 kg per head. Pack wisely and lightly.
  • Don't forget to tip the drivers, guides, and porters who will be assisting you during the trek. We do not add tips to our package cost. You are free to tip as much as you want.
  • Expenses like travel insurance, international flights, shopping, etc, are not covered by the package cost.

FAQs

  • Our 12 Days Everest Base Camp Budget Trek costs USD 860 per head if you are trekking in a group of 10 to 13 people. For a group of 7 to 9 trekkers, the package cost is USD 899 per person. Likewise, if you are 4 to 6 in the group, then the cost for the budget EBC trek will be USD 950 per person. For a group of three trekkers, the 12 Days Everest Base Camp Budget Trek costs USD 999, for two people USD 1030, and for solo trekkers USD 1160.

  • Yes, trekking to 12 days Everest Base Camp is totally worth it. The adventure, experience, and views all are the best. Similarly, reaching the base of Mt. Everest is a huge achievement one can have in their lifetime. It's a trip no one will ever regret going.

  • Yes, beginners can trek to Everest Base Camp. The venture requires moderate fitness and long walks. All of our EBC trek packages are beginner-friendly.

  • Our budget Everest Base Camp trek is 12 days long without your arrival and departure. We have other packages that lead to EBC 14 days and above long too.

  • To train for the Everest Base Camp trek, you have to focus on strength endurance, improve cardio, and increase walking uphill time with a daypack. Go on a day hike that involves 6 to 8 hours of walking once a week for 8-12 weeks. If you do not have that much time to prepare your body for the EBC trek, you can hit the gym and work on the above-mentioned things.

  • Yes, you can take a helicopter to Everest Base Camp or even at Kala Patthar. Likewise, you can trek to EBC and fly back to Lukla or Kathmandu in a helicopter too. Check out our Luxury EBC trek package that has helicopter returns.

  • No, our 12 days Everest Base Camp budget trek package does not cover accommodation and meals in Kathmandu. The package only covers lodging & food while trekking.

  • Yes, you can definitely trek to EBC on budget. Do know that trekking on a budget may limit the services you get along the way when everything is already scarce in the Everest region. Your endurance and adjustment matter a lot.

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    TramVietnamNovember 11, 2023

    Nice Experience

    Overall great experience with our guide RAJU and our porter DAWA. They accomodated us very well throughout the trip, with our pace and requests. The manager in Kathmandu even helped us with booking our flight back from Lukla to Kathmandu, really appreciated that. Would highly recommend everyone to approach them for their service, great hospitality.

    Dear Tram, Namaste!
    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful review of your experience of the Everest Base Camp Trek. We are glad to hear about your experience with our team Raju and Dawa and your satisfaction with the logistics handled by the company. Thank you for the recommendations. Hopefully, we can assist you again for your next adventure in Nepal.
    Best Regards,
    Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.
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    Reuben JudahUnited KingdomNovember 22, 2022

    Everest Budget Trek

    KP is not just a trekking organiser, he is a friend. He goes above and beyond to make your experience once in a lifetime. He is honest and spares no expense to help you have the trek of a lifetime. Don’t book with anyone else. Namaste

    Dear Reuben, Namaste! 
    Thank you for taking out time to review our service. We are glad to hear that you had great trekking experience with us. Thank you for the recommendations, and wish to see you again for adventures. 
    Best Regards,
    Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.

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