An increasing number of people are looking towards adventure tourism rather than the traditional beach or casino holiday. The most accessible place for this is Nepal, where it is easy for Indian citizens to cross the border. Within Nepal, one of the must-visit destinations for those looking for an outdoor holiday is the Everest region. And more specifically, the Everest Base Camp Trek. Taking 12 to 14 days to complete, is this trek an expensive option?
Like most things, you get what you pay for. You can fly into Kathmandu and join the tour from there, or drive across the border at Panitanki-Kakarwitha and take your tour to the new departure point of Manthali Airport, Ramchhap district, for the flight to Lukla in the Khumbu region. can link with. An option is to fly into Lukla, but this involves road transport and trekking for days, and the cost will work out more than flying. Unless you’re willing to extend your trip, this isn’t an option for most people.
While it is possible to do this trek without a trekking agency or guide, it is not recommended. Even the most experienced trekker can encounter problems that can become emergencies in this remote and inhospitable area.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp with a Nepali trekking company will cost around USD1,200 (IC 98,000) to USD2,500 (IC2,4,000). The variation in price takes into consideration the season and the style of accommodation you require.
If you decide to go alone, you can calculate from the information below how much it will cost per person.
What do you get for your package trek
on accommodation and food EBC Trek, and possibly in Kathmandu (depending on your package), domestic flight to Lukla, transportation to and from domestic airports, guide and porter services, and the night before and after trekking permits. Not included are tips for guide and porter, alcoholic beverages, and additional meals. Most lodges on the trails charge a minimal fee for hot showers and recharging your gadgets. You can get sleeping bags and kit bags on loan but check with your agent beforehand. What is not included in your package is insurance. It is wise to get insurance for this type of trek in case you need to evacuate. Please arrange this before leaving home. Check the small print to make sure it covers high altitude trekking.
cost of going solo
If you’re traveling alone, expect to pay around USD35 (IC 3,000) per day (excluding flights and permits).
Whether traveling alone or with a trekking agency, take around IC8,000 for ‘extras’ like showers and drinks, and probably the same for tips.
Currently, Nepal is discussing whether to continue to allow trekkers into the Everest region alone, so please check at your planning stage. It is always recommended that if you do not want to be a part of a trekking group, then at least you take a trekking guide with you who is experienced in the route and the tough conditions. Hiring a porter will make the whole trek more enjoyable as you only need to carry your camera and water bottle.
- Flights to Lukla (airport in the Everest region) – around USD170 one-way for foreigners and IC 2,500 to IC 3,700 for Indian nationals.
- Accommodation cost – USD5 (IC 400) to USD150 (IC 12,000). Most of the lodges are in the budget range, with a few luxury ones at lower elevations.
- The cost of a meal is around USD5 (IC 400) to USD6 (IC 500). Depends on how much you eat. These are the prices for a simple breakfast and two-course dinner.
- Drinks cost around USD 2 (IC 163) to USD 5 (IC400) for non-alcoholic drinks. Around USD 6 (IC 500) to USD 10 (IC 800) for alcoholic drinks. If you are going with The same prices apply.A trekking agency.
- A hot bath alone or in a group will cost around USD 4 (IC 326).
- The cost of charging the battery will range from about USD 2 (IC 163) to USD 6 (IC 500).
And finally, water can be available either in bottled form or (in places that are becoming more environmentally conscious) in boiled form. You will have to pay for one of these even if you are on a package trek. If you bring your own purifying straw or tablet, it will be cheaper.
Every foreigner, including Indian citizens, requires a trekking permit for trekking in Nepal. Some areas also require other special permits. For EBC Trek, all one needs is –
Sagarmatha National Park Entry permit at USD 30 or IC 2,500. Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry Permit at USD 20 or IC 2,500.
If you are booking your trek through an agent, please check whether these costs are included in the package or if you will have to pay for these separately.
Awas Off Trek
Kathmandu has some beautiful hotels including heritage style ones. There are also many budget hotels. Hotels range from around USD10 (IC 800) to USD 400 (IC 32,000) per night, so the choice is yours. We are reliably told that good hotels can be found for around USD30 (IC 2,500) to USD 50 (IC4,000) per night.
Regardless of how you plan your trek to Everest Base Camp, it will be an unforgettable adventure.
*Please note that prices are approximate, taking into account changes related to peak and low season and changes in the dollar rate.
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