Everest Base Camp Budget Trek- 14 days is designed for budget travelers who would not want to miss this world famous trek just because of budget. This is one of the most popular trek in the world that takes you deep into the Khumbu region of Nepal. You will trek four to nine hours a day surrounded by many of the world's highest mountains such as Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam along with Everest. Our carefully crafted Everest Base Camp Trek ensures proper acclimatization, allowing you to fully enjoy one of the world’s most stunning adventures. Along the way there is a chance to soak up local food and culture and you'll sleep in traditional, warm and friendly tea houses run by Sherpa families. The mountain airstrip at Lukla is the gateway to Nepal's famous Khumbu region and from here you will start on your leg. The journey takes you through many Sherpa villages, including the childhood home of the famous mountaineer, Tenzing Norgay.
- Trekking for 11 days upto 8-9 hours a day walking past the Sherpa villages with stunning views of highest peaks.
- Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Luka and back.
- Highest Altitude we reach in this trip is 5,545 meters (18,193 feet ) at Kala Patthar
- 2 rest days in between the itinerary for acclimatization
Trip Cost Includes:
- All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicles
- Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu in a traditional Nepalese Restaurant with cultural dance
- Airfare and Airport departure taxes for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu (Airlines allow carrying maximum of 10kg luggage, including backpack and day bag)
- An English speaking Licensed and well experienced trekking guide
- Flight, Food, Accommodation, Salary, Insurance, Equipment and Medicine for all staff.
- Sagarmatha National Park Permit,TIMS Permit and Local Government Tax at Lukla for trekking.
- Medical Kit will be carried by Trekking Guide
- All Government and Local Taxes
Trip Cost Excludes:
- Accomodation and meals
- Personal expenses (Laundry,phone,beverages,battery recharge,bottle water,shower etc) and excess baggage charges
- Tips for trekking staff and drivers (Tipping is expected)
Day 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU (1,300 meters )
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure.
Day 02: FLY TO LUKLA (2,800 meters); TREK TO PHAKDING (2,652 meters /8700feet ~3-4hrs)
We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and set off on the first leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the DudhKosi. We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m), where we spend our first night.
Day 03: TREK TO NAMCHE (3,450 meters) 5-6 hrs
From Phakding, we cross through suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. You then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, you get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market, a meeting place for the traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.
Day 04: REST DAY IN NAMCHE (3,450 meters)
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you can do a strenuous day walk to a higher altitude, coming back down to Namche for sleep.
Day 05: TREK TO TENGBOCHE (3,870 meters) 5-6 hrs
After breakfast we start our trek further to Tengboche. Tengboche is famous for its celebrated monastery, the largest in the Khumbu where lots of visitors come for traditional yoga and meditations. From Tengboche we can see nice views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse and Mount Ama dablam.
Day 06: TREK TO DINGBOCHE (4,360 meters) 5-6hrs
We descend through the forest to Devoche and a little further on we cross the rushing Imja River, whose valley we now follow. Climbing steadily the trail enters Pangboche, at 3,900m, the highest permanent settlement in this valley. Ascending the valley we have lunch at Shomore, after which we leave the trees behind and cross a wooden bridge at the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja River, A short steep climb brings us to Dingboche, at 4,530m, a summer settlement where great peaks surround us.
Day 07: ACCLIMATIZATION AND REST AT DINGBOCHE (4,360 meters)
Rest days are for acclimatization of body to high altitude. So we take short walks around and enjoy the views.
Day 08: TREK TO LOBUCHE (4,940 meters) 2-4 hrs
Today we walk alongside arid terraces with awesome views of mountains on all sides. We pass through Phulung Karpo, the camp site of the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953 then onwards uphill to to the memorial site. After the memorial site it is an easy walk in the fairly even trail. As we continue towards our destination, the sight of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view. Then the trail descends and curves, paving way for Mt Cholatse, Mt Thamserku and others to appear before us and after a short while we reach Dughla. Walking steeply up at first onto the edge of the Khumbu Glacier. Here you come across scores of memorial cairns commemorating climbers and Sherpa’s that have died on the mountains. The path then slowly climbs along the left hand side of the glacier to Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft), a large village with several tea houses.
Day 09:TREK TO GORAKSHEP (5,170 meters)~EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,364 meters)~GORAKSHEP 8-9 hrs
About three hours beyond Lobuche we reach GorakShep (5,170 meters), the site of the 1953 expedition's base camp. Contouring along the valley side, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble. After about 3 hours we will eventually reach base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. For those visiting base camp in the spring, it is a chance to meet teams making an ascent of the mountain. Base Camp is actually spread over quite a wide area and we will spend some time wandering through it and getting a sense of what it must be like to be camped here for two whole months, whilst attempting the mountain.
Day 10:TREK TO KALA PATTHAR (5,545 meters)~PHERICHE (4,280 meters) (8-9 hrs)
Today we will make an ascent of Kala Pattar (5,545m/18,188ft) and organise ourselves for the trip to base camp the following day. It is highly recommended to make an afternoon and evening ascent of Kala Pattar for hopefully a sunset view of Everest. The climb takes between 2 and 3 hours and can be hard work, but the effort is rewarded by the classic view of Everest and the Khumbu Icefall, as well as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Pumori immediately above. We retrace our steps to Lobuche, and return down the Khumbu Valley, stopping for a break in Dugla. With views of the stunning peak of Ama Dablam ahead of us, we continue along the flat valley to Pheriche.
Day 11: TREK DOWN TO NAMCHE (3,450 meters) 5-6 hrs
Walking mostly downhill, you cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche (3985m). You continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche you descend to the bridge over the DudhKoshi. At Phunki Tenga, you get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making your way back to Namche.
Day 12: TREK BACK TO LUKLA (2,800 meters) 6-8 hrs
Your final day's trekking follows the DudhKoshi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where you can sample some chang (home made wine), try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience.
Day 13: FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU/1,300 meters (40 minutes flight)
In the early morning you take off from Lukla airstrip for a spectacular mountain flight back to Kathmandu. After being met at the domestic airport terminal and transferred to your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore this wonderful city; shopping for souvenirs, trying out the various restaurants in Thamel or simply relaxing.
You spend the last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Meals: Farewell Dinner
Day 14: AIRPORT TRANSFER
Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time
You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.
The fixed departure dates and booking deposit amount for online booking are same as that of Everest Base Camp Trek. So you can do your booking from that one. If the given departure dates are not suitable for you, please email us or call us at +977 9841414582 and we will happily customize your trip on the date more appropriate for you.
Best Months for Everest Base Camp Trekking
The spring time from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for Everest Base Camp Trekking.
Maximum Altitude: 5,545 meters (18,193 feet ) at Kala Patthar
Your safety is our most important concern while traveling with Eve Holidays. Please note that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather conditions, health condition of team member, unexpected natural disasters and delay or cancellation of flights can affect the itinerary. Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary but your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns, without any pre consultation with clients. So please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Please be aware that Kathmandu- Lukla - Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airport, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both. We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter charges around USD 3500 and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities or shopping etc which can be arranged by Eve Holidays upon request.
In case the flight delay/cancellation that happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for your original preferred trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund.
Nepal Tourist Visa & Visa Fee
You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD for visa fee.
Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict. Spring season ( March to May) and Autumn ( September to November ) is considered the best months for Everest Base Camp Trekking. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July, August) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a good choice for botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed.
Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for few of hours a day can do this trek. However walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your stamina. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Eve Holidays about the medical condition before booking the trek.
All of Eve Holidays trekking itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition called AMS which is serious enough to kill if neglected. We are well aware that it is essential to allow you sufficient time for acclimatization to minimize the risk. However it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others.
Important Documents and Items
- Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
- Photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
- Dollars or Pounds in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
- Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.
To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack. Around base camp you will need your down jacket. Here is the guideline of Equipment and Packing List
All our trekking guides have received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Centre in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP).
We use standard rooms at a hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses and lodges that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis.Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional USD 200. Although single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation, it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
While on trekking, meals are provided at Guesthouses and Lodges on the way in Kathmandu breakfast is provided in the hotel where you will stay. We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.
Means of Transportation
We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing in Kathmandu and all land transportation. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs. For Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight we use domestic airlines.
No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform us.
Communication while trekking
There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you. Any international calls made you can pay to the guide
One MUST have travel insurance policy to join any of Eve Holidays trips. You must be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs and theft and loss). We don't arrange or sell insurance.
The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date. Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.
Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at +977 9841414582
We traveled to Nepal in our vacation and did the Everest Base Camp Budget Tour with Eve Holidays. They had the two options for Everest Base Camp, we did this one as we are students and traveled with limited budget. We must say we were not disappointed. We had the choice of spending on accommodation and meals so we did according to our budget and taste. We are excited to make upto the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar and we think we will return to Nepal for another adventure again and off course we will do that with this company as they plan our itinerary according to our requirement and budget. Dont forget to tell them your budget first.
David and Erik, USA