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.
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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.