If there’s any classic trek in Nepal; then it has to be Everest Base Camp Trek. It is one of the most iconic treks in the world. Retracing the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tengzing Norgay, Everest Base Camp Trek offers an opportunity to experience the inner beauty of Khumbu region. And while anyone planning to do a trek, the first thing is what is the cost for Everest Base Camp Trek.
Stunning views of ice-giants including Everest, mysterious Sherpa culture and sightseeing of Sagarmatha National park are some of the amazing highlights of this trek.
Getting to the Everest region and completing the Everest Base Camp Trek involves various costs ranging from international airfares to permits, guides and porters.
This article will provide you all the major information on Everest Base Camp Trek Cost which helps you complete the trip onbudget.
Below is a tentative estimation of EBC trek cost: – includes all the cost, International Flights, visa and permits, insurance, equipment, tour operator fees and miscellaneous costs.
Cost Estimated Cost
International Airfare $500 – $ 1000
Visa and Permits $100
Travel Agent Cost $ 1,200 – $ 2,000
Equipment $200 – $ 500
Miscellaneous Cost $ 250 – $ 500
Total Cost $ 2470 – $ 4,220
Note: Travel Agent Cost includes all the accommodation, meals, domestic transport (includes airfare to and from Lukla), guides & porters and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit& TIMS.
A huge chunk must be allocated to fund the International Airfare. You have to get on two flight with first landing at Middle East, China or India and the second one connecting to Kathmandu airport.
Depending on your departure date and time, the flight cost will range anywhere between USD 500 to USD 1000. Flights from Europe will cost less in comparison to those from North and South America.
We recommend to the flight in advance; especially if you are planning to trek in peak season (February – May and September – November).
Visa and Permit
Travelers need to obtain a visa to enter Nepal; unless you are an Indian Passport Holder. However, you don’t necessarily need to organize visa in advance; it can be easily purchased on arrival in Kathmandu.
Visa Duration Cost
15 days $25
1 month $40
3 months $100
Usually, Everest Base Camp Trek takes 14 days (including pre and post nights in Kathmandu), so we suggest you to buy 1 month multiple entry visa to make sure that you have enough time.
You are required to purchase two permits from Lukla to Everest Base Camp: Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) and the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit. If you are travelling via travel agency; they will help you obtain the permits and bear the cost too. If you wish to trek independently, the permits cost will around $20 for each.
Usually the travel agency will be not offer you the travel insurance but is not a big deal to purchase. We suggest you to get the Insurance plan that will cover basic events such as cancelled flight, lost baggage and evacuation above 4,500m. A 30 days insurance policy will cost you around USD 150.
Equipment cost is variable and largely depends on how much you already own and what you want to buy or hire. We suggest you to hire the trekking equipment in Kathmandu as buying is expensive and have no use once you complete the trip. The basic gears that you will need sleeping bag, thermal clothing, hiking boots, trekking poles, backpack and duffle bag, waterproof jacket, gloves, sunglasses, hat and a beanie.
Buying all the equipment will cost you as much as USD 2000 but most of people tend to own the common gears like Waterproof Jacket, gloves, sunglasses, backpack, hiking shoes and thermal clothing. And most of trekking companies will provide you the Sleeping Bag which you need to return back once the trip is completed. In the end, the equipment cost will set you on few hundred dollars instead.
We recommend you to get top-notch trekking gears as it is closely associated with comfortably and safety.
Significant of all, don’t just see the price; see what’s included on the cost.
Tour operation takes the largest share as they provide almost all the logistic services: from arrangements and cost of guide and porter to domestic transport and lodging and food needed for the trek.
Most of travel operator will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to your pre-arranged hotel on Bed and Breakfast basis. After that, they will transfer you to domestic airport and flight to Lukla.
During the trek to Everest Base Camp, all the teahouse accommodations, permits and meals cost will be arranged by operator in advance: making it a hassle free travel. Your trekking guide will ensure your comfortability and safety while simultaneously enlightening you about the history and cultures of surrounding areas. Once you complete the trek and return back to Lukla, your flight to Kathmandu will be pre-arranged by the operator. Once in Kathmandu, a private vehicle will be waiting you to transfer you to your hotel. On final departure day, an operator’s representative will escort you back to International Airport right on scheduled time.
Some local agents might offer the service for as little as USD 700 but do check the inclusion of permits, flights, transfer etc. And the quality service and guide costs are often questionable.
We suggest you to buy the travel plan that ranges from $1,300 to $2,000; this will ensure you the best value of your money. It should cover all expenses – including internal flights and hotel pre and post trek and accommodation and food during the trek.
If you are independent, allocate USD 30 per day for professional guide and USD 15 per day per porter. Likewise, USD 40 per night in Kathmandu and USD 15 – 25 in teahouse during the trek. USD 20 – 30 per day might cover your food and drinks. Add to this, ready pay USD 100 for one way flight to Lukla (USD 200 when combined).
Tipping Guides and Porters is customary in Nepal, the amount entirely depends on you.
Guides and porters spends more than two weeks away from their families to navigate you in the mountain. They live a hard life; tipping them will be great help for their families.
We suggest you to tip USD 15 per day per group for a guide and USD 8 per day per group for a porter.
Most of the teahouse on the trail will charge you for Wifi, hot showers, electronic charging and laundry. Allocating USD 250 to USD 500 will cover up any spontaneous buys including your souvenir shopping in Namche and bank in Kathmandu.
Everest Base Camp Trek Total Cost
USD 2,500 to USD 4,200 would be an ideal price for Everest Base Camp Trek Cost. Within this, we ascertain that you will enjoy the trek in ultimate comfortability and Safety.