Everest Base Camp Trek Cost: Detailed Breakdown of the Expenses
Trekking to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain,” Mount Everest,” is on every traveler’s bucket list. The best way to get up close to the mighty Everest is via Everest Base Camp Trek. Anyone planning for this Everest Trek has a frequent question “How much does the Everest base camp trek cost?”.
Trekking to the Everest Base Camp is very affordable! And in comparison to other trekking destinations in the world, Trekking in Nepal is the most affordable. While talking about the Everest Base Camp Trek cost, it highly depends on a few factors such as:
- How many days do you want to spend on the trek?
- At which time of the year are you planning to trek to the Everest Base Camp? – Trekking in the Peak Season is more expensive than trekking in the low season.
- How do you plan to trek?- All-inclusive, solo, or guide only.
- From which route do you want to trek?- The classic Jiri to Everest Base Camp route is more affordable than the Lukla route.
So, here is the detailed breakdown of the Everest Base Camp Trek cost to help give you an idea about the budget you require to do this trek.
Everest Base Camp Trek Cost
If you choose to do the Everest Base Camp Trek through a trekking agency, it can cost you from USD 1350 to USD 3000, covering your food, accommodation, permits, transportation, guides, porters, and so on. If you choose Peregrine Treks and Expedition, our 15 Days Everest Base Camp Trek package costs you USD 1450.
Here’s a breakdown of my costs during the Everest Base Camp trek.
Cost of guides and porters
You can easily find guides and porters to assist you in the Everest Base Camp Trek. Nowadays, most of the guides and porters speak English, so you can easily communicate with them. While hiring a guide or a porter is not mandatory, having them can ease your pressure and help you enjoy your trek.
The trekking guide will assist you on the trail, pre-book for the food and accommodation, and take care of your safety. As for the porter, they will carry your heavy luggage so that you can have a comfortable walk.
The cost for the guides and porter varies depending upon the trekking season. But generally, hiring a trekking guide for the Everest Base Camp trek costs around USD 30 to 35 per day and USD 20 to 30 per day for the porters. When you hire the guide, and the porters, make sure to check their credentials.
Furthermore, if you are a budget traveler, you can hire a porter guide that will cost you USD 30 to 35 per day. Hiring a porter guide is much cheaper than hiring porters and guides individually.
Also, if you are trekking in the peak seasons, the porters and the guides may charge you more than their usual charge. So it’s better to carry an extra penny in case of emergencies.
Everest Base Camp Trek Permits Cost
You will need to obtain two trekking permits for the Everest Base Camp Trek. They are
- Sagarmatha National Park Permit
- TIMS card or Local Area Permit
The Sagarmatha National Park permit costs NPR 3390 (3000 plus 13 percent tax), approximately USD 33 for foreigners. If you are from any SAARC nation, the entry fee is NPR 1500, approximately USD 14.
You can obtain the Sagarmatha National Park permit from the Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu or at the Sagarmatha national park entry point at Monjo.
While the price of the TIMS card costs USD 20 for foreigners and USD 3 for citizens from SAARC nations, you can also get a Local Area Permit instead of TIMS Card, which will cost NPR 2000, approximately USD 20 from Lukla.
Please read our blog on “Everest Base Camp Trek Permit for detailed info.”
Round trip flights from Kathmandu to Lukla
You will have to take a 45 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport, the gateway to the Everest region trek. The flights are only scheduled from 6:00 am, and 11:00 am. The cost of the flight for the round trip is around USD 360. The price is the same throughout the year.
Cost of Travel insurance
When trekking to high-altitude destinations, having travel insurance is a must. While trekking in the Himalayas in Nepal, you will be trekking through rugged and risky trails. In addition to that, the weather can cause great difficulty while walking, especially for those trekking in Nepal for the first time.
Thus, you never know what may happen during the trek. So travel insurance is a must for trekking in Nepal. The cost of travel insurance varies on the insurance company and what they cover.
On average, a 30-day insurance policy costs around $150. It covers all the emergencies and requirements up to 5,800 meters or 19000 feet.
Cost Trekking equipment
As you know, the weather in the mountains is never predictable. Thus, you must have proper planning and pack all the necessary trekking gear to tackle the challenges during the trek.
The cost of trekking equipment depends on what you already own and the thing you need to buy. And you have two options: you can either buy the gears or hire them.
If you are not a regular trekker, then it is better to hire them as you may not need them after the trek. You can easily hire the trekking gears from Thamel, Kathmandu.
The essential trekking gear you require for this Everest region includes sleeping bags, thermal clothing, waterproof hiking boots, camp shoes, trekking poles, waterproof clothes, gloves, and sunglasses. If you want to buy all these gears, it may cost you around USD 2000. But if you already own some of the items, the cost will reduce. The cost of the trekking equipment highly depends on the quality. In Kathmandu, you can get international branded and local trekking equipment.