How much does the Everest Base Camp Trek Cost?

How much does the Everest Base Camp Trek Cost?

The Everest Base Camp Trek cost will vary by trekker, depending on how luxuriously you do they hike and how independently you do the hike.  The major factors affecting price are use of porters and guides, how much you eat and how “local” you eat, and whether you join a package tour trek to Everest Base Camp

  • Estimated cost for a 12-day, self guided trek: $971 – $1187**
  • Estimated cost for a 12-day trek with hired porter: $1158 – $1587**
  • Estimated cost for a 12 day trek with hired Guide-Porter: $1471 -$1987**
  • Estimated cost for a 12-15 day guided trek with tour group: $2,000 -$5,000

 

Detailed Everest Base Camp Trek Cost Breakdown for a 12-day trek, solo, with porter, and with guide

 

Check out the 7 part series “Experiencing the Everest Base Camp Trek

Or visit our Everest Base Camp Tips section for itineraries, gear lists, advice, and more

 

 

How can you save money on the Everest Base Camp Trek?

  • Carry your own gear and be your own guide
  • Bring water purification tablets or a water filtration system instead of buying bottled water
  • Eat dal baht (a rice, lentil soup) instead of fancier meals
  • Bring a portable recharging block to avoid paying to recharge electronics
  • Bring your own treats and desserts (such as chocolate) to avoid paying high prices on the trek
  • Bring your own medications and essentials to avoid paying 3x Kathmandu price on the trek

Checkout our Everest Base Camp Trek Packing list to plan ahead and cut down on your Everest Base Camp Trek cost

 

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost Breakdown

The Everest Base Camp cost for independent trekkers (trekkers not in a guided tour) is broken up into three expenses

  •   Major daily costs (lodging, food, incidentals, etc.)
  •   One time costs (flights, permits, porter/guide fees)
  •   Preparation costs (snacks, gear purchased solely for the trek, etc.)

 

Major Daily Everest Base Camp Trek Costs:

Teahouse Lodging: $2-$5 per night

One meal:  $7- $12 (Meal, hot beverage, and dessert)

One Recharge: $3 – $7 per full recharge (depending on the elevation, higher locations are more expensive to recharge

 

Every tea house has an unspoken (and sometimes spoken) agreement that each guest receives a hefty discount on their night’s stay, under the condition that the guest eats at least two of their meals in the tea house.  As the cost of meals are fairly reasonable to the average westerner, this ends up being a convenience and a great way to keep the overall Everest Base Camp Trek cost down. This also allows the budget conscious trekker to still keep their pack light and avoid altitude sickness.

A Snapshot of Prices on a Menu in an Average EBC Trek Tea House

Edelweiss Hotel Menu - Everest Base Camp Trek Cost - Food

Prices in Nepali Rupees – Click for larger image

 

Edelweiss Hotel Menu - Everest Base Costs - Food

Prices in Nepali Rupees – Click for large Image

 

One-time fees on the Everest Base Camp Trek

Trekker Information Management System (TIMS) Registration Fee: $20 for individuals, $10 for members of a group

Sagarmartha National Park Fee: $35

Cost of flight from Kathmandu to Lukla: $340 round Trip ($170 one way)

Travel Insurance: ~$130 -$200 for one month of travel covering trekking above

Visa: $40 for one-month visa

             

Optional Everest Base Camp Trek Costs

Porter: $150-$400 for entire trek

Private Porter-Guide: $400-$800 for entire trek

Potential flight cost for guide or porter from Kathmandu: $50

Porter/Guide Tip: 25%

Emergency Meds purchased in advance from Kathmandu pharmacy: $30

“Heated Shower” (Bucket of hot water): $3-$5 

Bottled Water: $3-$5 per liter (depending on elevation)

Snacks: $30

 

Common Rental Gear Costs in Thamel, Kathmandu Clothing District

Down Sleeping Bag – ~$3/day

Down Insulating Jacket – ~$3/day

 

Common Purchases in Thamel, Kathmandu Clothing District

Hiking Pants: $15-$45

Rain Jacket: $15-$45

Down or synthetic insulating jacket: $25-$75

Boots: (Just bring them, or count on getting blisters or paying US prices)

 

Detailed Everest Base Camp Cost Breakdown

Detailed Everest Base Camp Trek Cost Breakdown for a 12-day trek, solo, with porter, and with guide

Detailed Everest Base Camp Trek Cost Breakdown for a 12-day trek, solo, with porter, and with guide

 

 

**Estimates do not include equipment for trek and flights to Kathmandu

**Estimates assume trekkers purify their own water or filters own water instead of drinking bottled water

**Estimates assume trekkers bring their own power station to recharge

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  3. Wow this is awesome!!! I would love to do Everest, it does intimidate me- & I definitely didn’t realize it could be way more expensive or cheat dependent on the traveler. I loved this post!

  4. Thanks! Finally I saw a detailed list of prices for the Base Camp. Looks like getting there with a group is a cool thing to do.

  5. Wow I’m actually surprised at the prices! I would have thought everything in Nepal would be way cheaper than this, but I guess its so expensive since you are so far away from Kathmandu. Great overview, EBC is high on my list!

  6. What an incredible, life-affirming adventure to visit Everest! This is a really comprehensive post into the costs involved and I would imagine worth every single penny to have that once in a lifetime experience!

  7. Get information thanks for sharing, a friend just completed this and I would love to do it too, but I think I need to get fit and prob stop smoking. I have bookmarked this post as packed with valuable info.

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