What is the Cost of Everest Base Camp Trek?

  • Jul 7, 2022
  • Karna Rana

Are you dreaming to see top of the world Mt. Everest (8,848m)?

The cost of Mount Everest Base Camp Trek will differ depending on trekking duration, hiking time, Packages, and category of Trek such as; Everest Base Camp Budget Trek and Short Everest Base Camp Trek.

If you would like to see into detailed Everest Base Camp Trekking Itinerary include day-to-day details information, Everest Base Camp Temperature, and the curiosity about where is Everest Base Camp? Best Time to do Everest Base Camp, How High is Base Camp, Everest base camp kit list, and other FAQs we are writing below Everest Base Camp Trip Cost 2021.

First, it would be best to know the cost of Everest Base Camp before the visit. In this article we are updating the cost details of Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek; this will helps you to estimate the budget and plan for your trip.

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Everest Base Camp Trekking Cost:

There are many factors that are the formation of the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek Cost; sometimes you might be forgetting to budget for it. Here we have set out consideration.

Nepal Visa cost for Everest Base Camp Trek:

Most tourists from different countries can get Nepal Visa on arrival at ITA [Tribhuban International Airport], Kathmandu. Nowadays you can fill up the online form for the Department of Immigration of Nepal in any corner of the world. We suggest bringing some USD cash for Visa payments.

Here is a list of Visa Fee:

  • For 15 Days – 30 USD

  • For 30 Days – 50 USD

  • For 90 Days – 125 USD

For detailed information see the Nepal Department of Immigration site for the up-to-date information on Nepal visa policy.

Insurance Cost for Everest Base Camp Trek:

Insurance is one of the elements which affect Everest Base Camp Tour costs. While ` you need to spend most of the days in high elevation above 3,000 meters. The EBC trek begins from Lukla Hilary Airport an elevation of 2,840 Meters.

The High altitude sickness/ Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) occurs at 2,500 meters above sea level.  So, we recommend you obtain travel insurance while trekking in Everest Base Camp, which needs to cover the risk of flight cancellation, delay and lost/damaged baggage, evacuation, medication, etc. up to 5,500 meters. The cost of insurance depends on different companies and time length but for one month cost will be 100 US$ to 150 US$ per person on average.

If you are going to Peak climbing or expedition, you need to get premium insurance, this cost will be more than double the charge due to the high risk. 

Mostly the trekkers are asking for the best insurance company, for their answers we recommend some insurance companies according to our experience of more than a decade and Guest feedback. We suggested you some insurance companies due to their relevance, best offer, and services.

See below some insurance Companies.

  • Travel Guard:
  • American Alpine Club: 
  • Travel safe:
  • TID:
  • True Traveler Insurance:
  • World Nomad:  


But you may find out other many insurance companies also. Please, just make your own decision.

Most popular treks in Everest Region:

  1. Everest Base Camp Trek -14 Days
  2. Everest Base Camp Trek and Fly Back Helicopter -9 Days
  3. Everest 3 Passes Trek -21 Days
  4. Everest Base Camp Trek -8 Days
  5. Gokyo Chola Pass Trek -19 Days

Equipment Cost for Everest Base Camp Trek:

Regarding the role of the equipment cost on Everest Trekking Cost; it depends on what things you already have and need to buy now. We have to make Trekking Equipment Checklist  here; Trekking Bots, sandal, globs, Worm Hat, Sun protected Hat, waterproof jacket, trousers, flees inner cloths, worm shocks, day bag, sleeping bag (up to -10 Degree C), dawn jackets (up to -10 Degree C), Sunglass (UV Protection), suns Lotion (above 30 SPF), water bottle (minimum 2 liters per head), some medicine ( for cold cough, sprain, fever, food position, dimax, bandage, etc.)

Most of the things you can buy or hire in Kathmandu at a reasonable price. If would you like to use things in the future, it would be better to buy them in your country or some branded shop in Kathmandu.  Otherwise using it only for trekking, you can buy it at the Trekking shop in Kathmandu. We recommend you buy Trekking bots, trekking bags, and sleeping bags of good quality, which you can use for a long last.

The average cost of Everest Base Camp Trek equipment is about USD 300 to 500 USD.

Everest Base Camp Trek Expences –Trip Operator vS Individual:

Here, we are going to write one of the factors of the EBC Trek Cost. The cost will be different when booking with Nepal Base Local Trekking Agency and with western tour operators or doing your Independent Trek.

Trekking in EBC on your own is the best option for adventure trekkers who are on a limited budget. For this, you need to organize trekking permits, flight tickets, tea house, TIMS Card (Green one), and Porter by yourself. But as you are hiking in the high Himalayas if in case anything wrong happened, it won’t be good for you. Before starting your Independent Trek you need to be careful. On the list, it would be best to hire a porter either from Lukla or Kathmandu.

Sometimes you will find some trekking agencies offer very cheap prices of Everest Base Camp Trek but we would like to remind you of a proverb “Good Things are Seldom Cheap. Cheap Things are Seldom Good.” The Cheapest Things are neither reliable nor durable. We alert you to avoid a Helicopter Rescue scam on the roof of the world even though the Government of Nepal Vows to Ground Helicopter Rescue Scams.

Normally the Everest Base Camp Trek Cost will be chipper book with Local Tour Operator than others. Trekkers were concerning services and well arranged with a local operator in previous time (more than 20 years back) but now most of the infrastructures at Everest Trek have available. You do not need to carry food for the trek and tents for an overnight stay due to the many tea houses that have been built and good competition for customer services and hospitality. You do not need to put it on your finger; all things are taken care of by Trekking Agency.

Now there are many B2B websites all over the world, which are collecting individual trekkers and sending groups to the local operator with a handful of commissions. This is the best option for those travelers who are looking for a budget trip and would like to visit a different part of people at the same time. But if you would like to flexible travel own your world, customize your itinerary, and destination, and enjoy such amazing nature then B2B won’t be reliable for you. In this case, the Local Trekking Agency is the best option. You can choose any Trekking Agency according to your friend's recommendation and read reviews on the internet.

Here is the tentative Everest Base Camp Trek Price in a different category:

  • Tentative cost of Local Operator Cheapest with Group Join = USD 900.00
  • Tentative cost of Local Operator Normal cost = USD 1400.00
  • Tentative cost of Western Operator with Group Join = USD 1600.00
  • Tentative cost of Local Operator B2B with Group Join = USD 1000.00
  • Everest Base Camp Trek cost Independent Trek = USD 850.00


In the conclusion Everest Base Camp Trek cost average = USD 1390.00

Tips for Guide and Porters while Everest Base Camp Trek:

Tip for Trekking Guide and porters are other elements of Mt Everest Base Camp Trek Cost. The Trekking Agency which you are choosing must be a member of the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), who is regulating salary for the Guide, wages of Porters, and other staff with best practices. TAAN is conducting health, welfare, and tourism promotion projects all over Nepal. They recommend some volunteering programs and Tips for Guides and porters as well. Tips are not fixed, it depends on how much you are impressed with the services of the Guide and porters, your desire, and according to the trekking area. Normally, it said 10 to 15 % of your total payments for each of you. You can tip them from your inner heart.

But you can give them approximately 80-100 USD for a porter and 100-180 USD for a Guide for 14 days Everest Base Camp Trip.

 

Flight Cost to Nepal for Everest Base Camp Trekking:

The cost of the Everest Base Camp Trek flight from your home depends on when you book the flight (high season March to May and September to November) and from where you are flying. The flight cost will be cheaper if you booked in advance.

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost –Flight Nepal= USD 1000.00 to 3000.00

Regarding the domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; it will be about 180 - 190 USD per person for a single way. But the cost will depend on fuel cost.  

Vaccinations for Everest Base Camp Trip:

You need to take certain vaccination before traveling to Nepal. We have some recommendations of the main vaccinations while Trek in Nepal, which are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Meningitis, Polio, Mumps, and Measles. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus. We recommend some medication and vaccination according to our trekker history and implementation but we are not specialists in the health and medication sector. Please, we advise consulting with your doctor or local travel clinic before your trip. You may also consider against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Rabies also but it depends on which part of Nepal you visit.

If you travel to the southern part of Nepal at Tarai during the monsoon season, you need to take Malaria pills and prophylactics for Cholera according to your doctor's advice.

Most of the time you can get drinking water entire EBC trail (can buy or filter yourself) but self-purification methods will be best regarding environmental issues. We would like to suggest you use water purification methods; either using water purification drugs or filters machine or Ultraviolet rage (Steripen). This will help to reduce environmental pollution.  And, normally we suggest you minimum of 3 litter’s water each day.

Average cost: 250 USD

Cost of Souvenir and Gift for EBC Trek:

While trekking in Everest Base Camp, you will enjoy allots with nature tranquility. To capture this pleasant moment in the future you may like to buy some souvenirs from the lap of Mt. Everest. Or you would like to take some precious gift from the Top of the world to your beloved, family, and friends. The cost of Souvenirs and Gifts depends on what you buy and from where. You can buy Pashmina, Singing bowl, Thanka Painting, Nepali Hand Made Carpet, etc.

The Souvenir and Gift cost average cost: 150.00

A donation, Entertainment, and Other Expenses:

While you are on the Everest Base Camp Trek, walk through the high Himalayan settlements, sacred sites, and adventures trail. After seeing the condition of Everest Base Camp Trail and some people spent their life doing volunteering on road building. Your heart will be touched by their God Karma, so you may add hands with them for batter trail to EBC. Or you may like to donate some cents for the bright future of school children and to build the monastery to spread peace all over the world.

After walking long hours for many days, your body gets exhausted and needs some refreshment by applying Himalayan Herbal Massage, having bears, or any drinks.

The average cost is =USD 100.00
Average budget for extra cash / spending money = US$100-$200

The Cost of Accommodation in Trekking and Kathmandu:

Accommodation is another factor for Everest Base Camp Trek. It depends on what type of hotel you are staying in. There are budget hostels to five-star luxury hotels in Kathmandu. The cost of some hostels/ homestay offers is USD 10 to 15 per day including breakfast. Likewise, touristic standard hotel cost is USD 25 to 35 per night per person with a BB plan without AC. If you like to add ac and other amenities then, the accommodation will become more costly. For the Star level hotel, they have almost international standard prices, however, during the tourist low season, you can grab the best offer. 

Similarly, the tea house accommodation in the Everest region starts at USD 3 per person to 40 depending on the category. But some places like Lukla, Phakding, Manjo, Namche Bazaar, Dibuche, and Lobuche, offer luxury accommodation, the costs 45 USD to 200 per night per head. 

**Important Note: As accommodation can get a minimum rate, the hotel owner expects business from your meals. So, if you are eating dinner at a different place than your staying tea house; you might have to pay an additional charge of $10 to 15 for your room.

Here is some extra charge on your accommodation: 

  • Hot showers do not come for free unless you are paying for an en-suite room. A hot shower may cost $2 to $8 depending on the place.
  • The Electric blanket or electric heater cost will be around $20 per night however all accommodations may or may not have them.
  • Battery Charging will be an extra cost on an hourly basis, usually about $2 to $6 whereas a power bank will be charged $10.
  • Internet may not be available for free at all places. WiFi charges will about from 1 GB - Rs600 ~ $5.4, 10 GB - Rs1999 ~ $18, 20 GB - Rs 2999 ~ $25 provided by Everest Link quite common in the mountains although the service is very slow.

Meals Cost during Everest Base Camp Trek: 

The food cost in the mountains is much more expensive as gaining elevation. Normally, Dalbhat cost begins at USD 5 and rises to USD 10 in the high elevation at Lobuche, Gorakshep. Likewise, the cost of a bottle of boiling drinking water will be USD 1 to 4 in different places. The food expenses will be 25 to 35 USD per person each day. But if you are enjoying alcoholic drinks then, the cost will be higher. To reduce the trip expenses, you may use purified tablets or water filters, or UV Staire Pen to treat the drinking water. 

Trekking Permits Cost for EBC Trek: 

The Mount Everest Base camp Trek requires two different permits. Which can be obtained from Tourism Board Office at Bhrikutimandfap, Kathmandu, or can buy on the spot at the Manjo Checkpoint of Sagarmatha National Park. The Sagarmatha National Park permits cost NPR 3000 for the foreigner and trekkers from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) NPR. 1500, and NPR. 100 for Nepali. Below 10 years children don't need the permits. Likewise, for the Everest Base camp Trek, you need another local government permit, which is provided by Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality, it is NPR. 2000 per person. The trekking Guide needs a pay NPR.1500 for multiple entries within a year. For more details, you may go through the Nepal Trekking Permits and fees.

Guide and porter cost for Everest Base camp Trekking:

Light travel always helps to make your journey successful. and adequate information plays a vital role to make your trip meaning full. Hiring a guide and porter is the best way to make your trip a lifetime experience. A porter will carry your bags while accending in the high elevation, so you are free of the load and can give sufficient time to enjoy the amazing mother nature and heal your soul to the Himalayan vibe. And the professional Guide will not only lead your trail, but he/she will also give you information regarding, history, culture, religious beliefs, and trekking route updates. The Guide is your friend during the trek and takes care of you like your parents and a helper while in a helpless condition. He is consular while you are not able to decide. So, to make your mount Everest Base camp trek lifetime memorable, you are suggested to hire a trekking guide and porter. Nowadays, you can hire a guide and porter from Lukla also, this will help to minimize your expenses and not pay for Kathmandu to Lukla flight of them. The porter charge will be 20 to 25 USD per day and 25 to 30 USD per day for a Guide. You are going to celebrate your holiday in the Himalayas, so, you may hire a Guide and porter or explore the entire trip by yourself. But we suggested you go with a companion for such an epic journey to Everest Base Camp. 

Get a Recommendation:

To make your trip successful, it would be better to collect various information from reliable sources. Where you can get very useful tips before the Everest Base Camp trek and this helps to explore secrets things of the Everest region, no one tells you yet. 

Are you looking for Trek to EBC with a reliable and ethical on-the-ground tour operator, but don’t know where to start? We are here for your assistance.

Karna Rana

Karna Rana

Namaste!

I hearty welcome to Nepal, known as the Kingdom of Himalayans and the roof of the World “Mt. Everest.” Nepal has been named a Heaven on Earth and is a wonder in the Himalayan. It is the Shangri-La, a living cultural Museum, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha and it is the country of the living Goddess “Kumari.”

I am Karna Rana Trekking Tour Operator and Mountain Guide, specializing in Trekking, Tour, Travel in Nepal, Hiking in the Himalayan and other Outdoor Activities including, Peak Climbing, Expedition, Adventure Trekking, Rafting, etc. applying my field expiring since 2000. Meanwhile, I have completed my Master’s degree in Rural Development (2016) from Tribhuvan University of Kathmandu, Nepal’s leading educational institution. Now, I have been applying my field experience in tourism, especially in remote areas of the country for sustainable eco-tourism for local empowerment. I enjoyed writing my blog own word sharing my travel experience in the Himalayan, aiming to provide the right information and help to the Nepal Traveler.

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