Everest Base Camp Trek Daily Budget

Everest Base Camp Trek Daily Budget

Trekking to the base of the Mount Everest is almost every trekker’s dream. Along with the enthusiasm for this trek, travelers have a frequent concern on Everest Base Camp daily budget.

Well, there are varieties of options available for Everest Base Camp trek according to your budget and the duration of the trek.

One can also choose to go for independent trekking to save money. However, it is not the best option due to the risk factors associated with high altitude trek. Hiring a guide, and a porter are some factors that increase your cost but its definitely worth your hard earned money. Expenses on food, drinks, accommodation, permits are something that is unavoidable.

Now allow us to guide you to one of our package along with the daily breakdown of cost.

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost

Flight – Kathmandu to Lukla: USD 175 (one way )

Permits – USD 50

Guide and Porter Cost: USD 30-45 and USD 20-25

Average Everest Base Camp Trek Daily Cost – USD 45

  • Food – USD 25
  • Water – USD 4-16
  • Accommodation (Standard) – USD 5-10
  • Snacks – USD 2-5
  • Miscellaneous – USD 5

NOTE: The price mentioned above is only an estimation.

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Flight to Lukla, the Start of Everest Base Camp

Lukla airport

To take the Everest Base Camp trek you need to take a flight to Lukla. This flight ticket will cost you USD 175 one way.

It is good to book your flight as soon as possible to book earlier flights as late flights often get canceled which can result in cancellation of your trek to Everest Base Camp.

Make sure to not pack more than 15 kilos on this flight as weight limit is 10 kilos for check-in bag and 5 kilos for carry-on.

Everest Base Camp Trek Permit

Trekking to Everest Base Camp trek requires the permit. They are:

Everest Base Camp Trek Prospective Expenses

Food and Drinks on Everest Base Camp Trek

The food on the Everest Base Camp trek is good and not too expensive. However, the food gets expensive the higher you go as it has to be carried up all the way from lower altitude place like Lukla with a help of porters.

The cost of food is around USD 25 to 30 per day. For breakfast, you will get eggs, toast, porridge or pancakes. For lunch and dinner, you will get pizza, momo, Dal Bhat, noodles etc.

Water starts at NRS 100 for 1.5 L and is NRS 400 USD 4 at Gorakshep.

You can, however, save USD 50 to 100 on the trip by sterilizing drinking water. You can do this with Chlorine pills or a Steripen.

Accommodation During EBC

Accommodation on the route during Everest Base Camp trek is very cheap in most tea houses. They charge about NRS 500, USD 5 on low season, in a high season about USD 8 to 10. However, this is the price only if you eat there. While if you don’t eat there the accommodation cost may vary.

You also have the option of luxury trek where you will stay in the Luxury lodge and the price start from USD 150. Luxury lodges are available up until Namche Bazaar.

Tipping the Porter and Guide

Please keep in mind that it is a good idea to give a good tip to the guide and porter. A guide will help in navigating and taking care of you while on the trek and the porter will carry the heavy bags for you.

A guide will cost you around USD 30-45 and a porter will cost you USD 20-25. You can give around 35% of total wages at the end of the trip when you reach Lukla.

Miscellaneous Items

Miscellaneous items are the extra added charges. These incur for facilities like hot bucket shower, charging devices, wifi and toiletries etc.

Everest Base Camp Trek Daily Budget

12 Days Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Flight to Lukla ( 35 minutes flight) and trek to Phakding

Elevation: 2610m

Trekking hours: 3 hrs

Your journey towards Everest Base Camp starts with a 40-minute scenic flight to Lukla. Once you reach you will proceed to a very exciting 1st-day trek.

The trek begins through Chaurikharka village. And descend towards Dudh Kosi Ghat village of Lukla till you reach Phakding.

Flight cost- USD 170

Food cost- USD 22

Water cost -USD 4

Day 2: Namche Bazaar


Trekking hours: 6hrs

Today’s trek will continue along the northern bank of Dudh Koshi river with the majestic view around. You will cross many suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi river.

Again, following the trail, you will arrive at the Sagarmatha National Park check post where you will need to register your permits.

Overnight stay at a lodge in a Namche Bazaar

Food cost- USD 23

Water cost -USD 5

Day3: (Acclimatization Day) The Everest View Hotel, Khumjung village, and back to Namche Bazaar.

Elevation: 3790m/ 3962m

Trekking hours:4 hours

Today is the acclimatization day. However, you can take this time to explore Namche Bazaar. This town comprises a number of cafes and restaurants with Wifi, souvenir and gear shops.

You will also see the Syangboche airport and hike up to Everest View Hotel to have a spectacular breathtaking view of Mt.Everest over there.

At the end of the day, you will head back to Namche Bazaar by visiting yak farms over there. After relaxing acclimatization, you will brace yourselves for the trek the next day.

Food cost- USD 25

Water cost -USD 5

Hot bucket shower- USD 5

Day 4: Trek to Tengboche

Elevation: 3860m

Trekking hours: 5 hours

Today’s trek is full of ups and downs which can be quite challenging but you will be getting a great view of the Himalayas. You will enjoy the stunning views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.

Further, you will trek down to cross the Dudh Koshi river passing through the dense alpine forest.

Then you will reach a small village called Phunki Tenga. Continuing ahead you will reach Tengboche after a steep climb through a pine forest.

You can see the biggest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region, Tengboche Monastery.

Overnight at a lodge in Tengboche

Food cost- USD 27

Water cost -USD 6

Day 5 & 6: Dingboche

Elevation: 4360m

Trekking hours: 5 hours

Today after breakfast at the lodge you will head towards the upper trail on the way to Pangboche village. You will pass many Chortens, mani walls and small villages on your way.

Further, your trek becomes easier as you enter the Imja valley following the Lobuche river. As you reach Dingboche you will see the beautiful arrangement of fields within the stone walls.

Since you are now at a higher elevation, it becomes a little challenging for your body. Overnight at a lodge in Dingboche

Day 6 is the acclimatization day at Dingboche. Because you are at high elevation, make sure you do not pressurize your body but instead give time to adjust to the thin air.

Food cost- USD 30

Water cost -USD 12

Hot bucket shower and charging gadgets- USD 6

Day 7: Lobuche

Elevation: 4940m

Trekking hours: 5 hours

The trek to Lobuche will be an interesting trek as you will walk with the spectacular mountain views throughout the trek. The trails lead you to a short uphill near a ridge of a top shrine following the wide valley.

Then you will cross the glacial moraine and small collection of lodges. On the way, you will witness the memorial statues of the climbers who passed away while on an attempt to climb the Everest.

Overnight stay at a lodge in Lobuche.

Food cost- USD 30

Water cost -USD 15

Day 8: Everest Base Camp, Gorakshep

Everest Base Camp Trek
Lauren at Everest Base Camp

Elevation: 5364m/5184m

Trekking hours: 6-8 hours

Today is the day you will reach your goal destination. You will be trekking through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. As you reach Gorak Shep you will see snow-capped mountains all around you.

After much effort, you will finally reach the Everest Base Camp. Here you will spend some time embracing the moment and clicking pictures. You will also witness the deepest glacier in the world from here.

With a deep sense of satisfaction, you will head back to Gorak Shep for the evening. Overnight at a lodge in Gorak Shep.

Food cost- USD 30

Water cost -USD 16

Day 9: Kala Patthar and Pheriche

Elevation: 5545m/ 4270m

Trekking hours: 5 hours

Today you will be hiking to Kala Patthar at dawn very early morning to view the sunrise on Mt.Everest and other peaks. Kala Patthar is a famous viewpoint that gives you a splendid panoramic view of the Himalayas.

You will trek to Gorak Shep for breakfast and rest for a while. Later you will then trek to Pheriche, the small beautiful village. The trail to Pheriche has forests and meadows along the way.

Overnight stay a lodge in Pheriche.

Food cost- USD 30

Water cost -USD 14

Charging gadget- USD 5

Day 10: Namche Bazaar


Trekking hours: 7 hours

Your journey takes you back to Namche Bazaar passing through Tengboche and the Dudh Koshi river.

You will reach Namche Bazaar where you will spend a relaxing time giving your body some rest from the previous high altitude treks.

Food cost- USD 25

Water cost -USD 5

Day 11: Lukla

Elevation: 2840m

Trekking hours: 7 hours

This is the final day of trekking which will be way back to Lukla.

Overnight stay at a lodge in Lukla.

Food cost- USD 22

Water cost -USD 4

Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu

Travel hours: 45 minutes

This about 35 minutes flight back to Kathmandu will indeed be a relaxing and satisfying moment.

Flight cost- USD 170

everest base camp trek
Picture taken at the Mt Everest base camp, part of the 16 days trek.

Last Say,

Everest Base Camp is a wonderful trek that offers breathtaking and unparalleled views of the highest mountain peak in the world.

The Everest Base Camp trek cost is worth every penny that you pay that will give you an adrenaline rush with its adventure and beauty. Moreover with the completion, one gets a deep sense of accomplishment like no other trek.

Overall with a good budget, a certain level of physical fitness and mental determination you can comfortably take the EBC trek.

For further question and queries, please feel free to contact us. It is our pleasure to guide and assist you with the best of our knowledge.

Want more information? Send us your query, and our experts will get back to you within 24 hrs.

About Author

Madhav started working as a porter in 2001 and then went on to work as a trekking guide. After working in the trekking and tourism industry for 8 years, he co-founded Mosaic Adventure in 2009.

Madhav has trekked to most of the treks in Nepal including Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Poon Hill Trek, Jomsom Muktinath Trek, Indigenous Peoples Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Mardi Himal Trek and all of the day hikes around Kathmandu.

He has also extensively traveled to other countries like USA, UK, France, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Philippines, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Behrain, Thailand, Turkey and India. Madhav is the one who answers most of your questions about trekking and tours and helps to plan your trip by giving a personal touch.

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