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Bryan Everest Base Camp Trek

23 Jan 2024 Himalaya Trip


Everest Base Camp Trek cost is the vital element that determines the true experiences of the trek journey. Various factors need to be taken into consideration for the smooth Everest Base Camp trek such as trekking seasons, trekking services, trekking route, type of accommodation, meals, and transportation, choice of tour operator, travel insurance, flight tickets, trekking equipment, and more. The Everest Base Camp trek is a fun-filled adventure in the vicinity of the Everest Region. Trekking is always fun but most memorable when done with proper management.

Everest Base Camp Trek cost Factors and Cost Breakdown Chart

FactorsCost Breakdown
Flight ticketsBook in advance for reasonable ticket price deals.
Nepal Visa FeeVisa Fee charge varies for 15, 30, and 90 days.
Travel InsuranceBuy from a trusted, reliable cost-effective company which cover helicopter rescue in case of emergency.
Flight (Airplane vs. Helicopter)Round trip Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight costs USD 415 while sharing a Helicopter one-way costs USD 500/person.
AccommodationSelect a budget-friendly hotel and teahouse stay to save cost. Luxurious Lodges or Hotel are available.
Everest Trek PermitsCompulsory to buy and the price rate is fixed.
Foods/MealsGo for healthy hygienic local vegetable Nepali or sherpa foods or minimize less in continental foods.
Drinking WaterCarry a water bottle and use water solution kits (iodine tablets or water filter) rather than purchase mineral water.
Trek SeasonsOff-season trek costs are more reasonable than peak-season treks but views are better during peak seasons.
Tips for Guide and PortersThe standard tipping rate is 10 to 15% of your tour cost however, tipping is a personal choice depending on how much you are happy or satisfied with their service during the trek.
Tour OperatorBetter to choose a local operator over an international operator. Both choice are available.
Trek PackagesDuration, route, services, group sizes, personal, and additional expenses factor determine the increase in cost.
Trekking EquipmentPurchase or rent option available
Everest Base Camp Trek Cost

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Book advance Flight Tickets to Nepal

Advance ticket booking always comes reasonably as compared to the last-minute booking of a flight ticket. Thus, make careful plans and preparations before commencing the Everest Base Camp trek.

Nepal Visa Fee

On-arrival Nepal Visa is an easy process and doesn’t take much time. It is recommended to fill out an online form bring it with you upon your arrival in Kathmandu. It helps to avoid the long Quique.  Only a few nations are required to collect a Nepali visa before they arrive from nearby Embassies or Consultants. Nepal Visa fee charge costs vary for 15 days, 30 days, and 90 days and SAARC nations’ citizens have an advantage.

Visa Fee Rate

For 15 Days – 30 USD  
For 30 Days – 50 USD  
For 90 Days – 125 USD  
Nepal’s Visa fee

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Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is very essential during trekking in the mountains in Nepal. Make sure to choose a reliable company that covers medical emergencies, emergency evacuation, and high elevations above 5,000m. Travel insurance including the mentioned coverage between USD 150-USD 250.

Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu Flight (Airplane vs. Helicopter)

The Everest Base Camp trek requires one to take a Lukla flight from Kathmandu. The round trip Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight costs USD 415 now while sharing a Helicopter for Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu costs USD 500 one way and USD 1000 per person both ways.

Flight costs: Airplane vs. Helicopter

Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight costs: USD 415 per person (by plane)  
Kathmandu-Lukla or Lukla-Kathmandu costs USD 500/person one-way (by helicopter)  
Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu costs: USD 1000 per person two-ways (by helicopter)
Flight ticket and Helicopter price for Lukla

Hotel Accommodation during Everest Base Camp Trek

The hotel accommodation in Kathmandu cost varies according to your hotel preferences i.e. Budget-friendly or Luxury. Luxury hotels provide top-class facilities and services whereas budget-friendly hotels have limited facilities and services. For cost-effective Everest Base Camp trekking, selecting budget-friendly hotels is best. But, it is all a personal preference of the travelers.

Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu

Budget-friendly hotels in Kathmandu cost: USD 40 per night.  
Luxury hotels in Kathmandu cost: USD 200- USD 500 per night.
Hotel cost in Kathmandu

Teahouse/Lodge Accommodation (during the Everest Base Camp trek)

Basic Teahouses or Lodges are accommodation types during the Everest Base Camp trek. Basic teahouses provide beds, pillows, and blankets while bathrooms are mostly outside the teahouse. Additional cost applies for the use of hot water, laundry, shower, and the internet. However, luxury lodges/hotel options are also there such as Yeti Home, Everest View Hotel, etc. that provide standard facilities and services and bathrooms are mostly inside the hotel/lodges. Teahouses can be the best option if travelers seek a cost-effective trip.

Teahouse/Lodge Accommodation during the trek

Budget-friendly teahouses cost: USD 8 -10 per night.  
Luxury hotels/lodges cost: USD 200 – USD 400 per night.  
Normal Lodge and Luxurious Hotel price in Everest Base Camp Trek

Trekking Permits for Everest Base Camp Trek

Sagarmatha National Park permit and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Municipal permit are compulsory trekking permits for the Everest Base Camp trek. The permit costs are fixed and are as follows:

Trekking Permits (Everest Base Camp)

  1. Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit
For Foreigners: NPR 2000 (Approx. USD 20)
For SAARC Nationals: NPR 1000 (Approx. USD 10)  

2. Sagarmatha National Park (SNP)
For Foreigners: NPR 3000 (Approx. USD 30)
For SAARC Nationals: NPR 1500 (Approx. USD 15)  
Permit cost for Everest Base Camp Trek

Foods/Meals cost during Everest Base Camp Trek

Food options are diverse in Kathmandu and travelers can eat at their preferred places (budget-friendly or luxury restaurants). During the trek, teahouses or lodges have a menu for Nepali foods, continental foods own style, try local Sherpa foods as well.


Food in Kathmandu costs: USD 25- USD 35 (per day)- a normal meal at a budget-friendly place.  
Food in Kathmandu costs: USD 50- USD 100 (per day)- a normal meal at a luxury place.  
Food in teahouses costs: USD 25- USD 35 (per day)- a normal meal (during the trek).  
Food in Luxury lodges costs: USD 60- USD 100 (per day)- a normal meal (during the trek).
Note: Prices can go higher as the altitude rises during the trek. Also, an additional charge applies for extra meals or drinks.  
Foods cost

Drinking Water Cost for Everest Base Camp Trek

Drinking water is easily available to your preferences. Travelers can purchase mineral water bottles in Kathmandu as well as during the trek. As the elevation rises, the cost per bottle also gets higher. To minimize plastic waste, it is advisable to buy boiled water at teahouses or carry a durable water bottle. Along with it, bring a water filter, iodine tablet, or purification kit for safe water drinking. This can be an alternative way to minimize the cost.

Drinking Water

Mineral water in Kathmandu costs: USD 1 (for 2 bottles)  
Mineral water costs: USD 2-USD 4 (per bottle)- (during the trek)  
Boil water costs: USD 2-USD 4 (during the trek)  
Drinking water cost

Trek Seasons cost for Everest Base Camp Trek

Trek seasons also play a significant role in determining the trek cost. Peak seasons Spring (Mar-May) and Autumn (Sep-Nov) are favorable for the Everest Base Trek as it offers awesome views and the weather is also predictable. But, the trek cost during the peak season is slightly higher and room-sharing is mostly common. Also, the flight traffic is high during the Spring season. Thus, travelers should take a 4-hour ride to Ramechhap and take a Lukla flight that adds up to their trek expenses.

Off-season treks are reasonable as compared to peak-season treks and there is a high chance of discount trek packages. But, off-season treks (Winter and Rainy seasons) have one disadvantage i.e. unpredictable weather and temperature and not-so-clear views.

Tips for Guides and Porters for Everest Base Camp Trek

During the Everest Base Camp trek, a licensed holder professional guide is mandatory. These guides play a key role in making your trekking experiences more memorable. The guides are experienced and knowledgeable of the trek region. They are also familiar with altitude sickness, first aid, actions to be taken during different situations, etc.

Likewise, hiring a porter is a personal choice. But the regions’ terrains are geographically challenging. It might be difficult for travelers to carry their luggage or heavy backpacks. This may turn out to be a bad experience for travelers. So, we recommend hiring a porter for a comfortable trekking experience. For their services, they deserve a tip. Tipping is a personal choice but the standard tipping rate is 10 -15% of the overall trek cost depending to their services.

International vs Local Tour Operator for Everest Base Camp Trek

Local tour operators are well-versed in the trekking regions of Nepal. Also, they are local hence, the trek cost is reasonable as compared to the international tour operators. Under local tour operator packages, accommodation, trek permits, flight tickets and meals all are covered. While with an international tour operator, it will be same package. They are costly.

Everest Base Camp Trek Packages

The trek packages also determine the cost of the trek. The trek duration, trek route, preferred services, personal expenses, and additional expenses during the trek can increase the trek costs. These factors should be wisely considered and calculated to have a cost-effective Everest Base Camp trek.

Trek Packages

Trek DurationStandard duration=12 days, Extra days add additional costs
Trek RouteThe overland route takes longer days (Salleri, Jiri route)
ServicesThe luxury package is expensive compared to the budget-friendly standard package.
Additional expensesYour personal expenses, During the trek (hot shower, use of the internet, extended trek days, extra drinks and meals)
Group sizesLarge group sizes: Trek cost per person is reasonable.
Everest Base Camp Trek Package

Trekking Equipment for Everest Base Camp Trek

Trekking Equipment and having good quality gear make trekking easier and more comfortable. Hiring trekking equipment and gear are easily available for down Jacket and sleeping bag. Travelers can also wish to purchase equipment and gear if they require it for future purposes. The price of Original branded shop or 1st or 2nd copy are different. Purchase only the required equipment and gear to save the cost. If traveler’s budgets are limited, for the trek, hiring or renting trekking equipment and gear is the best option. Just check carefully before hiring.

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost of Himalaya Trip

We, Himalaya Trip, is a reputed company providing the best and most satisfactory services for the past 12 years. We serve 200 trekkers annually and our repeat customers are a testament to our quality services. To fit different class trekkers, we have designed a standard Everest Base Camp Trek package and a luxury Everest Base Camp Trek package. The cost for both standard and luxury packages varies.

The total cost depends on factors such as the number of people in a group, the time of the year, and the type of accommodation chosen in Kathmandu. If travelers plan to trek in larger groups, travelers can generally enjoy the lower costs per person. The standard 12-day Everest Base Camp trek costs USD 1199 per person. Himalaya Trip offers a comprehensive Everest Base Camp Trekking Package at reasonable rates. For further detailed information, reach out to us.

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Everest Base Camp Trek Map

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary and Distance KM and Hours

DayTrek DestinationDistanceDuration
1 Lukla to Phakding8 kilometers4 Hrs.
2 Phakding to Namche Bazaar11 kilometers5-6 Hrs.
3 Namche Bazaar Day Hike7 kilometers3-4 Hrs.
4 Namche Bazaar to Tengboche9 kilometers5-6 Hrs.
5 Tengboche to Dingboche10 kilometers6 Hrs.
6 Dingboche Acclimatization (Day Hike)6 kilometers3-4 Hrs.
7 Dingboche to Lobuche8 kilometers5-6 Hrs.
8 Trek to Gorakshep, EBC Day Trip11 kilometers8-9 Hrs.
9 Hike to Kalapatthar, Trek to Pheriche16 kilometers7-8 Hrs.
10 Pheriche to Namche Bazaar19 kilometers7-8 Hrs.
11 Namche Bazaar to Lukla19 kilometers7-8 Hrs.
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Everest Base Camp Trek cost of 12 days standard package

Number of PaxCost per person
2-4US $1199
5-9US $1149
More than 10US $1099
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