• Jul 15, 2021
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Everest base camp is many people's dream trip. As everyone calls it to the gate to heaven so, the glimpse of the highest mountain in the world is worth seeing. EBC remains a great trek, and the view from Kala Patar is worth it, As is wandering around the base camp itself (whether the climbers' tents are there or not). This article will look at Everest Base Camp trek cost, which will start from international traveling to tour guide.

 

Mount Everest Base Camp trek cost

 

These factors can determine the Everest Base Camp trek cost. Like the type of trek, your trekking time, and the season that you choose for trekking. But here is the overall estimated cost of this expedition. This cost includes these factors:

 

International Travel: Depending on your country of origin, the costs for your flight ticket can highly vary. Costs for international flights are usually not included in a trekking package.

Domestic travel: Return flight Kathmandu-Lukla: around 400 USD $

 

Visas and Permits

50-100

 

Insurance

150-500$

 

Equipment

250-1050$ on average

 

Tour Operators

1200-3,599$

 

Tips

150-400$

 

Miscellaneous costs: personal expenses (WIFI, charging devices, hot shower, snacks, and drinks), donations, sightseeing, etc.

 

You can reduce the cost if you trek independently without any guide. But you have to make all the arrangements by yourself. You can save $350-700 by doing this.

 

International Travelling

International Travelling

 

If you travel outside of Asia, your flight to Nepal will be one of the most expensive parts of your trip. Usually, at least one stopover is necessary to reach Nepal from a different continent.

In general, flights from Europe are cheaper than flights from North America. But it also depends on the season in which you plan to travel. For the peak seasons from March until May and September until November, try to book early to secure a good deal.

 

Domestic travel

If you book a pre-arranged package, the costs of your domestic flights are included. If you want to organize your domestic flight independently, you should know that a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back is around 400 USD. It is important to keep in mind, though those flights are not guaranteed. The weather sometimes is unpredictable, and flights can get cancelled due to bad conditions. If you are on a tight schedule, a helicopter ride can save you much time. However, a helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla can cost around 500 USD per person, if you are in a group. Alternatively, it is possible to fly to Lukla from Ramechhap Manthali airport. You can reach this airport from Kathmandu by private transport (the trip takes 3 to 4 hours). Once you are in Ramechap, the flight to Lukla is short.

 

Visa and Permit kind of stuff

Visa and Permit kind of stuff

 

Citizens from all countries except India need a visa to enter Nepal. Under normal circumstances, a visa on arrival can be obtained at the airport. A 30-day tourist visa for Nepal costs around 50 USD. Due to the Covid-19-pandemic, the visa regulations can change suddenly and visa on arrival might not always be available. Please contact your travel agent for further information on the up-to-date visa application process. Also take into account that there might be a mandatory quarantine, depending on the Covid-19-situation. As of July 2021, the quarantine has to be done in a hotel for ten days. Check with your travel agent which type of hotel is accepted by the government and which rules apply for vaccinated tourists. Also, keep in mind that you may need a PCR test to enter and leave the country. The costs for the PCR test vary depending on the country and medical facility.

Your trekking permits include a Sagarmatha National Park entry permit (around 34 USD), a TIMS card (around 20 USD) and an entrance ticket to the Solukhumbu district (around 20 USD).

 

Insurance

 

Most of the tour operators do not offer personal travel insurance. However, you can take it will not cost you a thousand dollars. We recommend you travel there with insurance, and it will help you in an emergency. It will cover basic things like lost baggage, canceled flights, medical expenses, and emergency evacuations. The insurance provider will cover you for 6000 meters of trekking, and it will cost $150-200 for 30 days.

 

Equipment

The cost of equipment depends on how many things you already own. If you want to buy all equipment brand new, it can easily cost you between 1,000 and 2,000 USD. However, you can save a lot of money by renting gear in Kathmandu or use a few pieces from your wardrobe. While high quality is important for your basics, try to find bargains or second-hand items for the rest of your equipment. Equipment you need includes hiking boots, a warm sleeping bag, backpack, trekking poles, beanie, gloves, sunglasses, thermal and waterproof clothing, first aid kit, water purification tablets etc.

 

Tips

 

Giving tips to guide and another staff is customary in Mount Everest base camp. You can decide how many tips to share with your travel companion. It is recommended to give a $10 gratuity per day per group of guides and 15 dollars for every porter. Everything has a specific price there, so it is recommended to take $150-200 extra to cover everything.

 

Tour Operators

 

If you book your trek with a tour operator, the costs for the trek can vary between 1,200 and 3,000 USD. It all depends on your requirements, the duration of the trek, and the level of service you require. A pre-organized package usually includes domestic flights, all necessary permits, accommodation, food, your porter and a guide. Personal expenses for additional drinks, hot showers, WIFI, etc. and tips are excluded. Besides the classic Everest Base Camp trek, you can choose between other exciting routes through the Everest region. For example, check out the Everest Three Passes Trek or the Gokyo Valley Trek for a longer, more challenging adventure. Or go on a short, but sweet helicopter tour to enjoy breath-taking views from a heavenly perspective. Depending on which option you choose, the price of your package can be lower or higher.

Miscellaneous costs

Besides all the expenses as mentioned above, keep in mind that you should carry some cash on the trek, because there are no ATMs along the route. If you booked a package, your standard meals are included, but you might need a little extra for drinks, snacks, WIFI, charging devices and hot showers. In addition, you might want to donate the local communities, add a sightseeing day or buy some local handcraft. Make sure to plan your budget accordingly and get enough cash from the ATM before heading into the mountains.

Here are some Everest base camp trek packages

 

Everest Base Camp trek

• Tour Type Private Tour

• Operator Himalayan Trekking and Tours

• Activities Trekking

• Accommodation Guest House & Hotel

• Transport Bus & Flight

• Age Range15+ years old

For 12 days, $1289

Advantages

• Rated as tourist standard by 50 people

• Trip customizable

• Free cancellation

 

Everest Base Camp trek

• Tour Type Private Tour

• Operator Himalayan Leisure,

• Activities Trekking

• Accommodation Guest House & Hotel

• Transport Flight & Private Vehicle

• Age Range 6+ years old

For 12 Days, $1239

Advantages

• Trip customizable

• Rated tourist standard hotel by 316 people

• Free cancellation

 

Everest Base Camp trek

• Tour Type Private and Group Tour

• Operator Unique Adventure International

• Activities Trekking & Mountains

• Accommodation Guest House & Hotel

• Transport Flight & Private Vehicle

• Age Range 10+ years old

For 12 days, $1269

Advantages

• Trip customizable

• Rated tourist standard hotel by 220 people

• Free cancellation

 

Everest Base Camp trek

• Tour Type Private and Group Tour

• Operator Nepal Eco Adventure Pvt Ltd

• Activities Trekking & Mountains

• Accommodation Guest House & Hotel

• Transport Flight & Private Vehicle

• Age Range10+ years old

For 12 days, $1250

Advantages

• Rated as tourist standard hotels by 50 people

• Trip customizable

• Free cancellation

 

All these tours start and end at the same point, which is Kathmandu, Nepal.

So, these are some Everest base camp packages of local and international tour operators, which can be started from $690 and goes on to a few thousand dollars.

Total Cost

 

If you know some basic math, you can easily count Mount Everest base camp cost, starting from $1500 and goes to $4000 according to our guide.

 

Is Everest Base Camp worth visiting?

 

Because you are spending a lot of money on this expedition, one question will come to your mind that "Is Everest Base Camp worth visiting?"

The simple answer to this question is yes! EBC remains a great trek, and the view from Kala Patar is worth it, as is wandering around the base camp itself (whether the climbers' tents are there or not). To Nepal and to miss the chance of seeing Everest for, as you say, little extra money? That does not make any sense, everyone will do it if they have the opportunity.