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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 animals 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

About Budget Everest Base Camp Trek

Budget Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek is dedicated to those who want to travel freely with their style and are not bound 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 cheap cost 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 interested in Trekking to Everest Base Camp at Cost, this Trekking package can be a perfect option.

A Low Budget EBC Trek is a 15-day trip from your home to home, but the Trek is just for 12 days. You will spend two nights in Kathmandu before starting the journey 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 Lukla flights are 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 trekking.

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; on your way up, you will have two days for altitude practice in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche, 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 eight days on the way up. It will be easier to descend, but the Trekking camps are longer than ascending toward the Base Camp. Then, you will fly out to Manthali and drive to Kathmandu or take direct flights to Kathmandu after spending the last night in Lukla.

Remember The Things Before Planning Low-Cost EBC Trek

Trekking to the Everest Base Camp is not a luxury but a lifetime adventure trip. You have to be well prepared with the gears, well know about the altitude you are going to, its effect, and other things, so these things are to remember for the low-cost EBC trek.

If you are on our all-inclusive trip to the Everest Base Camp, you can travel freely without taking enormous amounts for your food and drink expenses. But you must take enough Nepalese cash for the trip if you are making this Budget trip to the Base Camp.

What to Expect from Low-Budget EBC Trekking

First, you are choosing a low-budget one because you want to Trek to the Everest Base Camp Cheap Cost. You can minimize the expenses as you like and trek freely, but managing the Budget and how much cash you should take with you might be uneasy. 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 start the journey by flying on a plane to Lukla, either from Kathmandu or Ramechhap. The mountain's weather is unstable and can change quickly, so the Lukla flights can sometimes be delayed or canceled. So, what can you do if it happens? You have alternative options for this difficulty taking a helicopter flight with an extra amount or trying the following 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 avoid getting 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 in Low-Budget.

After a short scenic flight, the landing experience at the Lukla airport is the first thing 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 a different experience you might have never seen elsewhere or imagined.

Towering high snow-covered mountains of the Khumbu Himalaya have highlighted attractions during the Budget Everest Base Camp 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 many 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 local courses if you like, but the food items are mostly the same everywhere.

The toilets are primarily squat in the higher regions because of the freeze, but there are western sitting toilets in the lower areas for the first and last few days. The showers are available in most places with hot shower facilities, but you must 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 easy, so it can be challenging for most trekkers. It does not mean that it is not doable. Somehow, it would be best if you had mental and physical preparation for everyone. No doubt that young people are physically fit compared to the old, but some regular hikers and older adults might have better stamina than first-time young trekkers. Children above nine and aged people above 70 with physically fit and permanent diseases can make this Budget Everest Base Camp Trip.

Frequent running, usual hiking, and short Treks in Nepal or other Himalayas above 3000m help the EBC Trek, so we recommend you do these things before this adventure Trek.

Besides the age and training factors, you must be well-prepared to protect yourself 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 are significant 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 take from the Nepal tourism board office building in Kathmandu. The Sagarmatha national park entry ticket costs 3000 NPR for all trekkers except those 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 must have warm Trekking equipment. Friendly and quality equipment helps a lot for a successful mountain journey. So what are essential gears for the Budget EBC Trek, then? Check out 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 take a short trek to Tengboche and see the world's highest mountain. The Everest Panorama Trek is the fastest Trekking package in the Khumbu Region, showing 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.

You can also explore the Everest region in one day from Kathmandu. Landing a helicopter tour to the Everest Base Bamp is the best option to luxuriously explore the Khumbu Region and the Himalayas. The helicopter lands at several viewpoints from where you can enjoy 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 high Tibetan 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 Cheap Everest Base Camp Trek at any time, and you may find more solutions from the valuable information sections.

We are a team of travel experts in Nepal operating Trekking throughout the Nepalese Himalayas. We organize short Treks, adventure Treks, high passes treks, remote Treks, and other unique region treks where you need special permission. Annapurna Region Trek, Manaslu Region Trek, and Langtang Region Trek are popular destinations besides Nepal's Everest Khumbu Region Trek.

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.


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You are flying to Lukla early morning either from Kathmandu or Ramechhap today. Usually, it would be operating the flights from Kathmandu, but according to the air traffic, most flights sometimes operate from Ramechhap. It is about half an hour's flight from Kathmandu, and the distance is shorter from Ramechhap. If you have an airline ticket to Lukla from Ramechhap, you must 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, about 6-7 hours of walking. You will cross five different suspension bridges for the Dudhkoshi river. The Sagarmatha national park begins today after taking the permit in Monjo. The trail until Jorsale is primarily flat and gradually ascending, but in the final part, after the highest suspension of the region, the trail climbs for the last 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. After breakfast, you will hike to the Everest view hotel (3880m) in the morning. It is about 2 hour 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 town 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 contrasted by an old man collecting donations from the visitors. You will walk on this lovely trail for about two and a half hours to Sanasa and then descend 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 you can visit after 4 pm while there will be regular offerings by the monks. According to the Tibetan Lunar calendar, there is the Mani Rimdu festival every year in October/November. 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 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 getting around 4800m before reaching the top, and some reach the top. After this acclimatization hike, you return 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 path 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 about 45 minutes to get to the top of Thukla pass from Thukla, where you can see many 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 primary 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 ascending on Lobuche pass. You will cross a small glacier after Lobuche passes until Gorakshep. Once you reach Gorakshep, 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 walk back the same. The base camp is empty in autumn, but it will have many 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, 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 lovely and clear. Once you arrive at Namche Bazaar, you can shower and 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. However, 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 that 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, it would be best to fly to Ramechhap (Manthali airport) and then drive to Kathmandu for about 4 hrs in private transport.  
  • 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, TIMS card, and Pasang Lhamu rural municipality fees.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks
  • Lunch, dinner, and breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee in the mountains
  • 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 this with extra cost if you have a free day after the trek)
  • 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)
  • 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

Useful Info

Where can I leave the extra things I don't need for the Everest Base Camp trip?

You can leave it at your hotel or hostel before the Trek if you have booked for the night after the hike, or you can leave it at our office and take it back after the tour.

What is the difference between a regular Everest Base and a Budget Everest Base Camp Trek?

The regular Trek package is all-inclusive, with three nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu. Still, the budget includes Lukla's flight ticket, private transport to and from the domestic airport, 11 nights of housing 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, it may be difficult for a regular flight to Lukla.

How will the cold 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?

We can plan differently 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?

You can hire a sleeping bag and a down jacket in Kathmandu for your trip. We help you to engage 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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Rajesh Thapaliya

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