Mount Everest Base Camp Trek Cost

The Everest Base Camp Trek Cost depends on a number of factors.  For how many days do you wish to trek? The Everest Base Camp Trek Cost ranges on average 12-16 days.  At what time of the year do you wish to go on your trip?  Peak seasons tend to be more expensive than off seasons.  Who do you want to guide you along your Everest Base Camp Trek?  You have the choice between using a travel agency or local guides.  A travel agent will take care of literally everything for you, whereas a local guide will be able to give you the history of the various villages along the route.  What type of trek do you wish to complete?  You have the choice between all inclusive, guide and independent.  Let’s take a closer look at these questions to see if we can answer them.



International Travel

Normally, your airfare and related taxes will make up a significant part of the total cost of your trek.  Depending where you are departing from and when you are travelling, the flights will cost somewhere between $500 and $1000 USD.  It is highly recommended that you book in advance, especially if you are travelling during the peak seasons of Feb-May and Sept-Nov.

Also, you should think carefully about paying a little bit extra to have a flexible ticket on which you can change the dates. This is important as any delay on your trek could mean you miss your flight. 

Mount Everest Base Camp Trek Cost

Visas and Permits

When in Nepal, you will need to obtain a visa, which can be purchased on arrival in Kathmandu.  Visas start at $25 USD for a 15-day entry, $40 USD for a one-month entry, and $100 USD for a three-month entry.  It is recommended that you purchase the one-month entry to give yourself a few buffer days for any unexpected delays.  Besides your visa, you are required to acquire two more permits during your stay in Nepal.  The Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS card) and the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit.  If you go through an international agency, they will cover all of your permits and visa.  If you decide to trek independently, the combined cost of the permits will be around $100 USD.

Insurance

Most international agencies do not provide personal travel insurance.  We advise taking out travel insurance that cover basic events such as medical expenses and emergency evacuations.  You will need to find an insurance provider who will cover you for trekking up to 6,000m.  A 30-day insurance policy is likely to cost around $150 USD.  Companies like Nomad and Dogtag are good providers for trekking cover.



Equipment

The equipment needed on the Everest Base Camp Trek can be costly and depends on the amount of equipment you already own and if you want to rent or buy the rest of your equipment.  The basics you need to bring include a backpack, a cold weather sleeping bag, thermal clothing, hiking boots, trekking poles, a warm waterproof jacket, gloves and a beanie.  It is recommended to use good quality worn-in boots to protect your feet.

Miscellaneous Costs

As guides and porters often spend many weeks away from their families, it is always helpful when you tip your guide or porter.  Although the amount you tip is entirely up to you, it is recommended that you tip your guide every day at a rate of approximately 10 percent of your tour price.

As you travel on the Everest Base Camp Trek, teahouses will charge for Wi-Fi use, hot showers and electronic charging.  Therefore, in addition to food and drink money, it is recommended that you bring $100-$200 USD in cash to cover any impulsive buys.

Food on a Trek

The lodges have changed a lot in recent years and now offer very extensive food menus.  Most operators now offer treks that do not include food as you can eat from as little as $10 per day up to $40 per day if you want Yak steak every day.  Typically, you should budget for about $25 per day for food.

Trekking Agency

The cost of an Everest Base Camp Trek with an agency varies a lot from about $1500 up to about $3000.  Depending on the agency this should include hotels before and after your trek, airport transfers, your flights to Lukla, your lodges on the trek and your guides and porters.

Things you need to check out what is the guide to client ratio and how much weight will the porters carry. Reputable firms have one guide for every 4 or 5 people. Cheaper operators may have up to 20 clients with one guide. This means if someone has to go down then with only one guide everyone has a big problem.

Also, some operators make the porters carry as much as 50 kg for clients.  This is too much, look for an operator that keeps loads to about 30 kg.  This is still a lot but the Nepali porters are amazingly strong.  Depends on whether you choose an international agency or a local agency.