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    Nepal
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    Moderate
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    Lodge to Lodge Trek
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    Private Transport+Plane
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    Lodge To Lodge
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    Group Size: 1-16 Pax
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    5550m

About Budget Everest Base Camp Trek

Budget Everest base camp trek is dedicated to those who would like to travel freely with their own style and not bounded by a fixed package trip. We arrange all the accommodations in Kathmandu and the mountains for your trip, trekking entry permits, flight tickets, guide, and porter for this budget EBC trek, but you will pay for your food yourself.

Some travelers do not stay as bound in fixed package trips, so if you are the kind of person who is interested in a trek to the Everest base camp freely, this cheap Everest base camp trekking package can be a perfect option for you.

Budget EBC trek is a 15-day trip from your home to home, but the trek is just for 12 days. You will spend 2 nights in Kathmandu before starting the trip to prepare the trekking gear and all the necessary things, and then you will fly into Lukla whether from Kathmandu or Manthali. Because of airport traffic, most of the flights to Lukla are operating from Manthali, so you need to drive around 4-5 hrs early morning to catch the flight.

Once you land at Lukla airport, you stop in a guest for breakfast and prepare the day wear. After that, you trek to Phakding descend trail for about 3 hours on the first day of the budget EBC trek.

After spending the beginning night in Phakding, you trek to the Everest base camp in a week via Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep. You will have 2 days for altitude practice in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche on your way up, which is mainly mandatory for acclimatization before reaching the world’s highest mountain base camp.

You will be back in Lukla after visiting the base camp and Kalapatthar in 3 long trekking days, which you would take 8 days on the way up. It will be easier to descend, but the trekking camps are longer compared to the time of ascending toward the base camp. Then, you will fly out to Manthali and drive to Kathmandu or direct flights to Kathmandu after spending the last night in Lukla.

Remember The Things Before Planning Budget EBC Trek

Trekking to the Everest base camp is not a luxury activity, but it is a lifetime adventure trip. You have to be well prepared with the gears, well known about the altitude that you are going visit and its effect and other few things.

If you are on our regular all-inclusive trip to the Everest base camp, you can travel freely without taking huge amounts for your food and drink expenses. But, you need to take enough Nepalese cash with you for the trip if you are doing this budget trip to the base camp.

What to Expect from Low-Budget EBC Trekking

The first thing that why you are choosing a low-budget one, is because you want to trek to the Everest base camp in a cheaper way. You can minimize the expenses as you like and trek freely but it might be a bit uneasy to manage the budget and how much cash you should take with you. We can help you to organize the budget, so you don’t have to worry about it.

Besides the budget, it comes with difficulties that can affect the trip. You are starting the trip by flying on a plane to Lukla either from Kathmandu or Ramechhap. The weather in the mountain is not stable and can change quickly, so the Lukla flights can be delayed or even canceled sometimes. So, what you can do if it happened? You have alternative options for this difficulty taking a helicopter flight with an extra amount or trying the next days (if you have time). You can see detailed information here for an alternative option.

Altitude makes it difficult when you reach the higher elevations after Namche Bazaar. You have to be careful of altitude effects and try not to get AMS. Check here about altitude sickness and prevention.

Difficulties are not always and not for everyone, so there are lots of nice things that amaze your trekking to the Everest base camp.

After a short scenic flight, the landing experience at the Lukla airport is the first thing that you feel wow! Then, you start hiking to Phakding crossing beautifully decorated Sherpa towns. Sherpa culture and warm hospitality make you grateful. Walking through the Sagarmatha national park (a natural heritage site of UNESCO), and seeing wild animals, Yak, vegetation, waterfalls, and river valleys should be an extra experience that you might have never seen in other places or never imagined.

Towering high snow-covered mountains of the Khumbu Himalaya are one of the highlighted attractions during the trek, which you can see every moment and every day after Namche Bazaar. The Buddhist monasteries and other monuments supply peaceful feelings on this trip.

You do not have to take food and tents with you so, there are plenty of lodges to stay in every camp and lots of restaurants along the way for the lunch stop. You will have a food menu, so you can order the foods from the menu and do not need to stay with the local meals all the time. You can try some local courses if you would like to but the food items are the same mostly in all places.

The toilets are mostly squat in the higher regions because of the freeze, but there are western sitting toilets in the lower areas for the first few days and last few days. The showers are available in most of the places that have hot shower facilities, but you need to pay for them. Check about the toilets and showers here:

Who Can Trek to Everest Base Camp and What to Do?

The EBC trek is not an easy activity, so it can be a challenging walk somehow for most trekkers. It does not mean that it is not doable. Somehow, you need to have mental and physical preparation for everyone. No doubt that young people are physically fit compared to the old, but some regular hiker old people might have better stamina than first-time young trekkers. Children above 9 and old people above 70 with physically fit and permanent diseases can do the Everest base camp trip.

Frequent running, usual hiking, and doing some short treks in Nepal or other Himalayas above 3000m help a lot for the EBC trek, so we recommend you do these things before doing this adventure trek.

Besides the age and training factors, you need to be well-prepared to be protected from altitude sickness. Most trekkers may feel altitude after 3000m elevation above sea level. Slow walking, acclimatization rest days while going up, drinking plenty of water and fluid, perfect sleep, and keeping warm is the major rules to prevent altitude sickness.

Permits are Required for This Trek

You need to have two different trekking permits for the budget EBC trek. Right after crossing the Pasang Lhamu gate at the end of Lukla, you will issue a rural municipality entry permit which costs 2000 NPR for all nation's trekkers.

The second permit is for the Sagarmatha national park entry, which you can issue in Monjo or you can also take from Kathmandu from the Nepal tourism board office building. The Sagarmatha national park entry ticket costs 3000 NPR for all trekkers except for people from south Asian countries. Nepali trekkers also need to pay 200 NPR for this permit.

Things to Bring for Everest Base Camp Budget Trek

It is a cold region, so you need to have warm trekking equipment to trek here. Warm and quality equipment helps a lot for a successful mountain journey. So what are essential gears for the EBC trek then? Check here about the trekking gear to the Everest base camp for men and women.

Don’t You Have Enough Time For a Long EBC Trek?

It is not mandatory to reach the base camp to see Everest. You can do a short trek up to Tengboche and see the world’s highest mountain. The Everest Panorama trek is the shortest trekking package in the Khumbu region that shows the world’s famous mountain well.

If you still want to reach Everest base camp and visit Kalapathar in a limited time, you can even make it in 9 days. A helicopter return trek is one of the best options for you in this case.

You can also explore the Everest region in one day from Kathmandu. Landing a helicopter tour to the Everest base camp is the best option to explore the Khumbu region and the Himalayas luxuriously. The helicopter lands at several viewpoints from where you can enjoy the view of the great mountains, valleys, and more…

Everest mountain flight is one of the cheapest options to see the most famous mountain range. You will not just see the Everest Himalayas, you can see Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gaurishankar, Jugal Himal, Makalu, Manaslu, and more including the Tibetan high mountain Sisapangma which is over 8000m.

Ready For This Trip?

Hopefully, you got some information about the trip from above. You may ask any question through our contact us link regarding this budget Everest base camp trek at any time and you may find more solutions from the useful information sections.

We are a team of travel experts in Nepal operating trekking all over the Nepalese Himalayas. We are organizing short treks, adventure treks, high passes treks, remote treks, and other special region treks where you need to have special permission. Annapurna region trek, Manaslu region trek, and Langtang region trek are popular destinations besides the Everest Khumbu region trek in Nepal.

Frolic Adventure offers you this budget trek to the Everest base camp providing an experience government license-holder guide with very reasonable costs, so reserve your seat for this beautiful trip now.

Highlights of Budget Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Trek to the world’s famous trekking route on a low budget
  • Stunning scenic mountain flight to Lukla
  • Landing experience at the short runway airport
  • Seeing Sherpa villages with well-carved buildings
  • Walking inside Sagarmatha national park (a natural UNESCO world heritage site)
  • Wildlife from the national park and domestic animal Yak
  • Open hill stations like Everest view hotel, Tengboche, Nangkat-Tsang, and Kalapatthar from where you can see eye-captivating Everest Himalaya and Makalu
  • Beautiful river valleys of the Khumbu region
  • Tibetan Buddhist monuments and ancient historical monasteries
  • Exploring Sherpa culture, religion, culture, and daily activity
  • Seeing the famous Khumbu glacier and Khumbu ice fall that the Everest climbers need to cross
  • Catching the nearest glimpse of Mt. Everest from Kaapatthar
  • Reaching the foot of the world’s highest mountain

Itinerary

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You are flying to Lukla early morning either from Kathmandu or Ramechhap today. Normally, it would be operating the flights from Kathmandu, but according to the air traffic, sometimes most flights are operating from Ramechhap. It is about half an hour's flight from Kathmandu and the flight distance is shorter from Ramechhap. If you have an airline ticket to Lukla from Ramechhap, you need to drive for around 4 hours on a private early morning from Kathmandu to catch the flight. After landing at the Lukla airport, you stop for a short break in Lukla for breakfast or hot drinks and then start the trekking journey to Phakding.

It takes around 3 hours to get to Phakding from Phakding through several Sherpa villages. The trail goes mostly descending, although there are some ascending parts for a few minutes somewhere. You will see the Dudhkoshi river, white peaks like Numbur, Kongde, and Kusum Kangaroo along the way today and cross some suspension bridges.

  • Meals: None
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Phakding
  • Altitude: 2610m
  • Mode of Transportation: Private/sharing car/van/bus+domestic flight
  • Departure Time: According to the flight time
You start walking after breakfast from Phakding to Namche Bazaar today. It is a long trekking day which is about 6-7 hours of walking. You will cross 5 different suspension bridges for the Dudhkoshi river. The Sagarmatha national park begins today after taking the permit in Monjo. The trail until Jorsale is mostly flat and gradually ascending, but in the final part after the highest suspension of the region, the trail ascends for the final 2-3 hours before reaching Namche Bazaar.
  • Meals: None
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Namche Bazaar
  • Altitude: 3440m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00am

Today is your first acclimatization rest day in Namche Bazaar of your Everest base camp budget trek. You will hike to the Everest view hotel (3880m) in the morning after having breakfast. It is about 2 hour's hike to Syangboche hill. You will pass Nepal’s highest airport (Syangboche airport) on the way to the Everest view hotel. You can see attractive mountains such as Kusum Kangaroo, Thamserku, Amadablam, Khangteka, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and others along the way to the hotel and also from the hotel’s terrace.

After enjoying the stunning view from the hotel, you hike back to Namche back or can visit Khumjung village and walk to Namche Bazaar after visiting the village and monastery.

  • Meals: None
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Namche Bazaar
  • Altitude: 3440m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00am

Today, you trek to Tengboche from Namche Bazaar. It is about 5-6 hours of walking, starting on a nice and clear trail which is contrasted by an old man collecting donations from the visitors. You will walk on this nice trail for about 2 and a half hours to Sanasa and then start descending to Phuni Tenga. You stop for lunch in Phunki Tenga and then trek another two hours on ascending part through pine, rhododendron other tree forests to Tengboche.

Here is an ancient Buddhist monastery that you can visit after 4 pm while there will be regular offerings by the monks. There will be the Mani Rimdu festival every year in October/November according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar. Lots of Buddhist pilgrims and tourists come to this place during this festival.

  • Meals: None
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Tengboche
  • Altitude: 3860m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00am

Today is a short trekking day compared to the lower region. The day starts with descending trail through rhododendron and pine forests to Dibuche, which takes around 20 minutes. After reaching Dibuche, you trek on a flat part for another half an hour and then cross a bridge. You start ascending right after crossing the bridge for half an hour then reach Pangboche village. You will stop for lunch in Somare after walking another hour from Pangboche and trek further around 2 hours to Dingboche after lunch.

  • Meals: None
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Dingboche
  • Altitude: 4410m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00am
It is your second and final altitude practice rest day of the trek. You will hike to Nangkar-Tsang hill after breakfast. It takes around 3 hours to reach the top, which is 5110m of altitude above sea level. Many trekkers turn back after reaching around 4800m before reaching the top and some reach the top. After this acclimatization hike, you hike back to the lodge and rest the whole day.
  • Meals: None
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Dingboche
  • Altitude: 4410m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00am
After breakfast at the lodge, you will trek on a gradually ascending trail at the beginning of today and then walk on a flat part through the ridged trail keeping the Pheriche valley ower left. You will walk around 2 hours and a half here and reach Thukla (Dhukla). You will stop here for lunch and go for the Thukla pass. It takes around 45 minutes to reach the top of Thukla pass from Thukla where you can lots of monuments of dead climbers. The trail goes flat after this top to Lobuche for another hour.
  • Meals: None
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Lobuche
  • Altitude: 4910m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00am

It is the main day because you are reaching your final and dream destination. You will start earlier to walk from Lobuche compared to the other days in lower because it can be a long day to trek to Gorakshep, hike to the base camp and return to Gorakshep back.

The morning begins with walking on a flat part for about an hour and then ascends for a while on Lobuche pass. You will cross a small glacier after Lobuche pass until Gorakshep. Once you reach Gorakshep, you leave your luggage in the lodge and have a quick lunch. You hike 2-2 hours and a half to the base camp from Gorakshep and hike back the same. The base camp is empty in autumn but it will have lots of tents for climbers in spring.

  • Meals: None
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Gorakshep
  • Altitude: 5180m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 6:30/7:00 am

You will hike Kalapatthar early morning from Gorakshep. It takes around 2 hours to reach the top and another hour to descend. The temperature while climbing Kalapatthar will be freezing, so wear warm clothes like thermal layers, fleece layers, a down jacket, and windproof trousers. Besides these, warm gloves and a woolen hat are also highly recommended.

After enjoying 360° mountain views and the nearest look of the world’s highest mountain Everest from Kalapatthar, you hike back to the lodge and take breakfast, and trek to Pangboche passing Lobuche, Thukla, Pheriche, and Somare.

  • Meals: Noone
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Pangboche
  • Altitude: 3985m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 5:00am

After breakfast, you start trekking to Namche Bazaar from Pangboche in the morning. The day begins with ascending the trail until the suspension bridge, and then you walk on a flat area for about 45 minutes and climb to Tengboche for half an hour.

The trail descends for an hour to Phunki Tenga from Tengboche and then ascends another two hours to Kyanjuma. The last part of the walk from Kyanjuma to Namche Bazaar is again nice and clear. Once you arrived at Namche Bazaar, you can have a shower, and then can visit bars or bakeries in the evening.

  • Meals: None
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Namche Bazaar
  • Altitude: 3440m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00am
It is your last and long trekking day to Lukla from Namche Bazaar. Although it is not hard because most of the trail descends except for the last gradual climb before reaching Lukla. Today is the last day of your mountain stay, so you can celebrate the last night of a successful adventure mountain trip.
  • Meals: None
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Lukla
  • Altitude: 2840m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00am
Today, you fly to Kathmandu or Ramechhap from Lukla in the morning. You might get a direct flight to Kathmandu sometimes otherwise you need to fly to Ramechhap (Manthali airport) and then drive about 4 hrs in private transport to Kathmandu.  
  • Meals: None
  • Accommodation: None
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m
  • Mode of Transportation: Air and ground transport to our office
  • Departure Time: According to the flight time

Cost Details

  • All the ground and domestic air transportation during the trip
  • All necessary papers works, national park entry permits, and Pasang Lhamu rural municipality fees.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks
  • An experienced, helpful, and friendly guide and porter
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation, and insurance for the guide and porter.
  • An arrangement of an emergency helicopter service which will be paid for by your travel insurance company
  • All government taxes (Gst) and Stationery expenses
  • Accommodation and food in Kathmandu ( We arrange accommodation in Kathmandu if you request)
  • Kathmandu city tour (We offer with extra cost)
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, and duffle bags (we help to hire if you don't have them)
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan international airport (Kathmandu)
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Additional activities on your free days (do let us know)
  • All basic meals in mountains (You must have where you stay)
  • Your personal expenses
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Hot shower/batteries charge/heater during the trek
  • International airfare
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver (it is expected)
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in including section

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityNotesPrice  
01 Mar, 2023 - 12 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
02 Mar, 2023 - 13 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
03 Mar, 2023 - 14 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
04 Mar, 2023 - 15 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
05 Mar, 2023 - 16 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
06 Mar, 2023 - 17 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
07 Mar, 2023 - 18 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
08 Mar, 2023 - 19 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
09 Mar, 2023 - 20 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
10 Mar, 2023 - 21 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
11 Mar, 2023 - 22 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
12 Mar, 2023 - 23 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
13 Mar, 2023 - 24 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
14 Mar, 2023 - 25 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
15 Mar, 2023 - 26 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
16 Mar, 2023 - 27 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
17 Mar, 2023 - 28 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
18 Mar, 2023 - 29 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
19 Mar, 2023 - 30 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
20 Mar, 2023 - 31 Mar, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
21 Mar, 2023 - 01 Apr, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
22 Mar, 2023 - 02 Apr, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
23 Mar, 2023 - 03 Apr, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
24 Mar, 2023 - 04 Apr, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
25 Mar, 2023 - 05 Apr, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
26 Mar, 2023 - 06 Apr, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
27 Mar, 2023 - 07 Apr, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
28 Mar, 2023 - 08 Apr, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
29 Mar, 2023 - 09 Apr, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
30 Mar, 2023 - 10 Apr, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100
31 Mar, 2023 - 11 Apr, 2023GuaranteedUS$1100

Useful Info

Where can I leave the extra things that I don’t need for the Everest base camp trip?

You can leave it at your hotel or hostel where you stay before the trek if you have booked for the night after the trek or you can leave it at our office and take it back after the trek.

What is the difference between a regular Everest base and a budget Everest base camp trek?

The regular trek package is all-inclusive with 3 nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu but the budget one just includes Lukla's flight ticket, private transport to and from the domestic airport, 11 nights of accommodation in the mountain, trekking permits, and a guide. So, some exclusion in the package makes it budget.

When is the best time for the Everest base camp budget trek?

The Autumn and spring seasons are best for the EBC trek. Although, the First half of September and the second half of May might still have rain and it may be difficult for a regular flight to Lukla.

How cold will be during the Everest base camp trek?

It depends on the season when you are planning to trek. Spring is warmer compared to Autumn and winter. You can check here for the weather and temperature in detail:

Can I hire a porter for this budget EBC trek?

Yes, you can hire a porter for yourself, but you have to mention us through email earlier your trip starts and It costs 15 USD per day extra.

Can this trip make shorter or longer according to our time and fitness?

Sure, we can make a different plan for you according to your interest, but you must let us know earlier.

Can I hire a Sleeping bag and down jacket in Kathmandu because I don’t want to buy them?

Yes, you can hire a sleeping bag and a down jacket in Kathmandu for your trip. We help you to hire those things.

How much should I tip to the guide and porter?

Tipping is expected and there is no limitation. You will know about the region and how hard they work for you. So, many trekkers are tipping at least 150 USD per porter and more to the guide. Tipping also might show your kindness to the staff and your value to them.

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