Everest Base Camp is premium trekking destination in the world and most desired dream hiking goal among trekkers. Our cautiously designed 17 days itinerary allow you for proper acclimatization process to get real close –up to see Sagarmatha literally meaning “The Head of Earth or Sea” internationally known as Mount Everest. To reach this part of the Himalaya Base Camp within a short period of time, we have devised this short trekking tour itinerary to Hike to Everest Base Camp which runs directly starts and ends at Lukla. The trek to Everest Base Camp also called EBC trek in short form, a very world famous mountain trek, starts after 35 minutes picturesque flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. We follow the Dudh Kosi River valley which climbs up to the Sherpa capital of Namche, a busy market that is a junction for all the trekkers, the local Sherpa and Expeditions en route to the mighty Mt. Everest. All along this part of the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it the kind of walk you will remember for a long, long time.
From Namche, we trek along a high traversing path where we have our first good views of Everest and then head towards Tengboche Monastery, which is a 2 hour climb. The monastery stands at the height of 3870m in a clearing surrounded by dwarf firs and rhododendrons where Mani Rimdu Festival is held in October/November full moon day. The monastery is structurally located on a ridge top with commanding views of the Everest landscape. The view from this spot, seen to best advantage in the morning, is absolutely mesmerizing and stunning and is rightly deemed to be one of the most magnificent in the world. We also have the opportunity to trek to Kala Patthar (5,554m) from where we can get some awesome views of the Himalayan giants which literally numb your senses with breathless admiration that beholds the eye; and makes up for the lung-bursting climb that took you up there. You soon realize it was absolutely worth it. This also includes fantastic views of the south west face of the colossal Mt. Everest. We then trek down to Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu ice fall before finally making our way back down to Lukla. We have open booking Everest Base Camp trek package in very completive price for the year 2017 and 2018 spring season.
Entire Everest trek is lodge to lodge trek that means there are lodges every one hour walking distance so it does not need any camping gear except if you are going to climb a peak or trek off to wilderness. The number of lodges are increasing as the mountain tourism is growing high. There are good and poor accommodation on the trek to Everest so you many choice.
Sleeping in normal trekking lodges will cost USD 7 – 10 a night depending on selection. Some hotel and lodges are very standard. Eg, Namche Lodge that cost USD 25 – 35 a night, Sherpa Shangri or similar cost USD 45-50 a night at Namche Bazar. Yeti Mountain Home and Everest Summit Lodge Cost USD 160 – 200 as per group size and season. You have less choice and all the lodges are similar as you go high beyond Dingboche – Lobuche and Gorakshep. Most of the lodges have twin sharing bed rooms, couple bed rooms are possible in lower place only.The price goes high as you walk higher. Please do not expect luxury but comfortable enough for remote and adventure keens.
A single and solo trekker may have to share the room with other travelers in peak season as there are limited accommodation. We use the normal mid range nice and cozy lodges on offer to make sure you have the most comfortable experience on your trip to Everest Base Camp that we can offer in our budget package. Dollar paying accommodations are not included in our package but we are flexible if you would like to update as tailor made trip.
While many of the well established trekking routes in Nepal do not have strict requirements for hiring certified guide yet, all the controlled and restricted trekking areas in Nepal is mandatory that foreign trekkers have to be accompanied registered guide as per state rule. Whereas hiring porter is your choice. The cost of a Everest trek guide is USD 25 – 35 a day depending on the quality and experience of guide, season and difficulty and areas of trek. Porter hire costs USD 18 – 20 a day. The cost includes wages, accommodation, food of the guide and porter. Some companies also offer fresh guides and they can act as Guide cum Porter (PcG) he carries some 10-13kg for you and simply guides you. Just hirng a guide and porter for Everest Base Camp trek.
You are highly advised taking an experienced certified guide as Everest trek is adventurous considering high altitude sickness and safety concerns, if something goes wrong; you really need a good guide with all the technical knowledge for safety that he can handle critical situations. The training and experience of a licensed guide can make your trekking more fun and amusing.
Generally most of the trekkers start their trek from Lukla and ends at Lukla. You need to take a flight that takes 30 – 35 minutes from Kathmandu (Flight price is USD 180 per flight per person). Several airlines operate their flights to Lukla daily. Early morning fights are the best flight considering delay and cancelation due to bad weather, fog and wind; so Lukla flight is stressful. Online sold tickets are usually cheap and scheduled to fly after 9am is likely get delayed. For securing a reliable one of early flight; we need to book the ticket at least a month in advance.
Before Lukla Airport come in existence, all the Everest Treks used to start from Jiri and now from Shivalaya or even jeep goes to Bhandar. See our traditional Everest Base Camp trek from Jiri. Starting Everest Base Camp trek from Jiri needs extra one week and best is you can fly back to Kathmandu.
Secondly; now there is a proper road access to Salleri from Kathmandu that takes 11-12 hours. From Salleri; Lukla is 3-4 days walking distance. Well; you do not need to go to Lukla but the trail detours at Chiplung and meet the people trekking from Lukla. Also there is daily flight to Phaplu from Kathmandu,so Salleri to Everest Base Camp ispossible.
A common question would be; how much money to take on Everest base camp trek or financial preparation to consider. As we mentioned earlier, Everest Base Camp is a remote and rural area all the goods are carried by human muscles, yaks, and chartered planes that it cause things expensive. As the elevation increases, the price of food increases and the menu choices decrease as it gets harder to transport more goods to remote places. The cost of each meal is approximate NPR 400 - 1000 each meal but it might vary according to your choice of food, the number of meals, and appetite. Approximately USD 20 - 30 should be enough for a day simple meals and tea/coffee. You will like each bite, every sip after a hard day’s trek and the tough work of the men and yaks obligatory carrying them to such elevations. Every single piece of food feels worth every penny for the relief and joy.
Bottle of beer: NPR 5000 – 800 (USD 4.5 – 8)
Bottle of water/soda: NPR 100 – 400 (USD 0.5 – USD 4)
Sagarmatha National Park Entrance fee NPR 3000.00 (USD 30) per head
Pasang Lhamu Village Municipality Entrance fee NPR 2000 per head
Children under 10 years of age are free of cost for permits. Detail information on Nepal trekking permit.
As the altitude rises, everything becomes more expensive due to the effort and cost of transporting goods there. It is the same for all high elevation treks to the mountains in Nepal. Here is a list of things you might want to indulge in during the trek and their prices.
You will need to charge your electronic devices like camera, phones, iPods and others as you spent days in the mountains. The cost is usually a few dollars but in the long run it will cost you more to charge many things. The cost is higher to support the local hydropower stations and there are no electricity everywhere but solar power. If you want to avoid this cost, you might want to carry a solar-powered battery charger or a portable power bank of your own. This ensures that you get to enjoy the beautiful sceneries and fun experiences and share them with the world all the time. And you should know the battery how long does it last after charging till the next.
Each day of the trek is an exhausting experience and you may want to take a hot shower and get fresh all the time. However, in the higher places showers or baths are not possible due to the cold and the cost. While some lodges might have proper bathrooms others provide only pails of water for your bath. These will cost you a few dollars every time but they will not feel like a proper bath. Instead, it is a good idea to carry wet wipes and a small towel to freshen up in the morning as well as before bed.
Like other part of the world tipping is quite common in Nepal in service industry.If you like the hospitality of the hosts you visit, you might want to tip them. Usually your guide and porter are supposed to get tips and gratitude. It is usually a good idea to tip your guide and porters for their hard work if they make your trip fun, safe, and enjoyable. How much and how to tip your Sherpa? Various places in the high altitudes like the monasteries, stupas and schools will expect some form of a donation from the tourists for the improvement of their infrastructures. You might want to keep aside a few dollars if you feel like contributing to such good causes.
Trekking to the mountains of Nepal is one of the most adventurous trips you could ever enjoy. As you take in the majestic beauty of the mountains and green landscape, the warm welcome of the friendly people and the thrills of the trails, you will get an experience worth every penny you spend. However, it is a good idea to avoid being overcharged for things that you get for reasonable prices.
The sum you pay for the same trek depends on the travel agency you decide to go with. If you choose an international agency or company based in your home town, they may charge you around USD 1500 – 2300 per person while as we are a local company; our full board package cost is USD 1155 per person on double occupancy basis for the same. Some agencies charge for their brands and the safety and convenience, local companies provide equally satisfying services. It is your choice to pick the agency according to your budget and travel plans though booking through local agency is your direct contribution supporting locals. Everest Base Camp trek is an amusing and fun, challenging trek so you should be ready to face tough walk in mountain trail and minimal services. Book now for group join 2019 and 2019
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We did Everest Base Camp Trek in Oct 2014 with Wilderness Excursion. I wanted to say thank you to Pradip and Jay Ram for the greatest trip of our lives! It is so important to have a guide you trust in those beautiful mountains... Jay Ram truly made it special. You get to know yourself and your limits (and amazed how high it is!!) while traveling in one of the most amazing places.... THANK YOU! And hope we will meet again... Rimma, Greg and Leonid
Trip Note: Everest Base Camp Trek can be customized as per your requirements that suit your time and trip cost. Everest Base Camp Trek Cost we offer USD 1275 per person is standard price on double occupancy basis though it varies as per group size, season, mode of tour and length trek etc. The package price will be according to group size, nationality, season of your trek, mode of accommodation in Kathmandu and on the trail head so please kindly provide us your details for personalized tour program. For your information Lukla flight is notorious for being delay by few hours or canceled for a day rarely, it may happen even in peak trekking season also as you know how climate change is affecting our world. So, please allow a couple of spare night/s in Kathmandu following your trek if possible. B L D = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
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