Everest Base Camp Trek cost highly depends on the kind of tour package you choose and your trekking days. Your Everest Trekking costs normally includes entry permit fees, TIM’s card, Guides and porter salary, Foods and Accommodation while trekking, and drinks. The normal cost for EBC Trek ranges from US$ 1000 to $3000 per person for an average 10 to 21 Days Trek. The Everest Base Camp trekking cost of travel insurance, visa fees, international airfares, emergency medical evacuation and other personal expenses are the additional costs that are normally excluded in a travel package.
The Everest Base Camp Trek is probably the most famous and most loved trekking destination in the world. Trekking to Everest Base Camp once in a lifetime has been the lifetime dream of many avid trekkers around the globe. This is certainly pretty challenging trek which is because of high altitude, rocky terrains and some steep inclines. The EBC is itself at a higher altitude than a lot of mountain peaks in the world. You can proudly tell others, that you have conquered Everest Base Camp successfully.
Everest Base Camp Trekking is highly recommended destination for the enthusiastic trekkers. More than 30,000 peoples throughout the globe visits EBC annually and this number is increasing every year. You can choose a reliable trekking agency or also try a solo and independent trekking. Almost all the trekking agencies in Nepal follow a similar pattern on charging you the cost. Here we have clearly mentioned the costs which you are going to pay for conquering your dream destination, Everest Base Camp.
Major Factors of Everest Base Camp Trek Cost
Airfares / Flight Cost
Firstly, you have to pay for an international airfare to visit Nepal from your country. The costs of your international flights are normally excluded in cost of trekking package. But all the domestic flights costs are included as per itinerary. The most common and mandatory flight for EBC Trek via Lukla is in a domestic plane form Kathmandu to Lukla. The cost of round trip from Kathmandu to Lukla is included in your cost. All the local taxes related to domestic airfare are also included.
Moreover, the visa charges and any kind of costs related to international airfare are excluded from package cost.
Guides and Porter Salary
Guides and Porters are essential part of the trek to complete it successfully. Though, you can complete the trek without a guide also, but hiring a guide and porter will help to complete your trekking in comfort and also you will get to observe every small part of the Everest Region which you may miss in independent trekking. The experienced guide will always lead you a right path and cares you throughout the completion of the trek.
Without any guide, the way you are traveling is useless as you may be completely unknown about it. You can finish it and reach your destination so far with the help of proper guide by following them. Hiring up your guides and porters depends upon you, whether you want to trek with guide or trek alone to your destination. If you are a new traveler and want to explore the nature beautifully, we recommend you to hire up the guides and porters; to carry your baggage and important things with you during the journey.
If you are a novice trekker or if you are new to Everest Region, we highly recommend you to hire a guides and porters. There might arise health problem or any difficult situation but your guides and porters will always be there to help you in any situations for your sensible care. If you want to hire a guide and porter we can help you with well trained and experienced guides and porters with 100 % guarantee of successful trekking with best memories.
The standard rate for Guides is US$ 20-$30 per day for Everest Base Camp Trekking. The guides will introduce you with every natural wonders and cultural heritages and tries to enchant you in every possible ways. One porter will carry 20 – 25 kg of goods throughout your trekking journey and their bravery costs only US$ 15-$20 per day. All the guides and porters will be nature friendly and born and raised in the high altitudes.
Entry Permit Fees
If you want to go for a solo trekking and are a independent trekker then you have to manage the TIMS card yourself. You should visit the TIMS Counter for the collection of TIMS card which is green in color. It costs USD$ 20 per individual. Currently TIMS is not required for the peoples trekking alone.
If you are trekking with tour agency then, you don’t have to worry about he TIMS card, because all permits and TIMS card is managed by agency. You have to carry all the documents with you including blue colored TIMS card, this will help you to rescue by your guides and porters in case of emergency. The TIMS card when payed by trekking agency costs USD $10 per person.
While trekking to Everest Base Camp, a entry permit of Sagarmatha National Park is mandatory, which you can get from the National Park entrance at monjo or from the Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu. The entry permit to Sagarmatha national park costs NRS 3000 plus 13% Tax which is equivalent to NRS 3390. If you are rekking with a trekking agency, these permits are also arranged by themselves.
Additionally, if you are trekking to Everest Base Camp from JIri, you should pay NRS 2000 for the Gaurishankar Conservation area project entry permit separately.
Foods and Drinks
Since EBC Trekking route is famous among all the Trekking in Nepal Himalayas, you will find many options for foods and drinks. The hotels and mountain lodges of the area also offers international cuisines. Depending on your choice and taste, the price also varies.
As you trek in the lower altitudes, he options will be available, but while you go upward, almost same kind of dishes are seen in the menu. The price also increases in the higher altitude because all the food materials in the higher altitude should either take by helicopter or carried by porter.
We recommend you not to take meat containing items while trekking in the high altitudes. The Sherpa of the higher altitude believes that they should not kill the animals in Himalayas, so all the meats available in higher altitudes are carried by porter from the towns of lower altitude. They are not very healthy and you may have to face health problem by having such foods.
The mineral water costs $1 to $4 throughout your journey, while tap water is free or costs very less as compared to mineral water. Hot tea and coffee costs between $2 to $4, and if you are looking for cost of foods items in lunch and dinner it is $5 to $9 in almost all area. The hygienic breakfast costs from $3 to $6. The beverages like beers costs from $5 to $10.
While trekking to Everest Base Camp, proper rest and sleeping is very important for wonderful journey. So for this, you can easily book the hotels, teahouses and mountain lodges in this region. Though there are so many hotels and lodges in this area, it remains almost packed during the peak trekking season. If you are travelling with a agency, they will book the hotels and lodges as per your contract. The teahouses and lodge in the area well facilitated with clean and tidy rooms, hot water shower and access of light and electricity. From most of the hotels you can have mesmerizing views of Mountain ranges, too.
The costs range from US$ 5 to $40 as per the standard of hotel/lodge during peak season. But you may also get free accommodation during off season if you take foods and drinks in their lodge. Enjoy the best hospitality of Sherpas during the whole trek.
Emergency medical evacuation cost
It is not necessary that you will need Medical Evacuation, but in case of emergency you can contact Guides and Porters so that they will immediately take an action to take you to the nearby hospital. Trekking in Himalayas sometimes is risky so you should be mentally prepared about the evacuation from Mountain. During trek in high altitude, you may suffer from acute mountain sickness (AMS) or any other kind of altitude sickness.
The normal evacuation cost by helicopter starts from USD$2500 and increases depending upon the hospital you will be admitted to. Our guide and porter will help you during all these process.
In addition, there will be not much facility of internet service; if available also costs so much. So, it’s good idea to keep a 3G SIM with you and use internet. The network of NCELL and Namaste SIM are available throughout the region.