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Everest Base Camp Trek Cost

Complete guide to Trekking to Everest Base Camp (EBC) independent including a break down of the cost, the route that we followed and tea houses we stayed in. We discuss guides, porters, altitude sickness and give packing and money saving tips 

How to hike to Mount Everest Base Camp

You have three main options on how tho do the trek to Everest Base Camp, you can either do a package tour through an agency, do it by yourself (no group or guide) but hire a porter or guide or do it completely independent. 

Doing an organized tour through an agency is a good option if you are alone or not confident to do the trek unassisted, it is an easier but more expensive option. 

Finding porters and guides in Kathmandu is easy, just go to any local agency.

Doing it yourself is not hard and plane tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla is the only thing that you have to organize. You follow a very clear path, everybody stays in the same little “towns” with many tea houses, it is not necessary to book anything.

Trekking independent on a tight budget our cost was less than $600 begin and end in Kathmandu.

Organised Everest Base Camp Trek

For a 15 day Everest Base Camp trek starting and ending in Kathmandu with reputable international travel company – G-Adventures

What’s Included

  • English-speaking local guide and assistants for the trek
  • Porters included on the trek
  • Trekking to Everest Base Camp
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodation – Hotels/guesthouses (2 nts), teahouse lodges (12 nts).

There are more options – here you can see  Organised Everest Base Camp Treks, varying between $680 for the trek and $1600 to EBC depending on what is included, the flights, permits and equipment are responsible for the biggest price difference between packages.

Well known international agency Viator also offers packages to trek to EBC.

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost – Independent

  • EBC trek total daily cost –         $20
    • Food $13
    • Water $2
    • Accommodation $1
    • Snacks $2
    • Miscellaneous $2
  • Flight Kathmandu to Lukla –    $165 (one way)
  • Permits –                                       $50
  • Jeep Jirri to Kathmandu           $20
    • 15 days x $20 +$165 +$50 + $20 = $535
    • TOTAL COST  $535 
    • $35.60 per day each
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Campbell and Alya trekking to Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp Trek Daily Expenses

Food on EBC

Food in the Tea houses were good and not too expensive, we did not eat a lot of meat since this gets more expensive the higher you go. I treated myself to a Yak steak one night, it was terrible. We spent between $8 and $15 each on food per day.

Breakfast we had eggs and toast, porridge or pancakes.

Lunch was mostly a snack (chocolate), sometimes we had momo’s or bread and soup.

Dinner there was a choice twe ate a lot of dahl, rice, vegetables, chicken and potato but there are many things available like noodles, soups, pancakes and even pizza

For snacks we ate mostly snicker bars, there was cake and pastries available at some of the tea houses, not too get scurvy we bought a couple of apples on the way.

Water during EBC trek

Everything becomes more expensive as the altitude increases. Water starts at 100 NPR ($1) for 1.5L and is 300 NPR ($ 3.00) at Gorakshep.

We could save $50 to $100 on the trip by sterilizing drinking water. this can be done with chlorine pills our favorite Lifestraw or a use a Steri Pen UV water sterilizing device, much better without that ‘swimming pool water’ chlorine taste.

Accommodation on EBC Trek (Tea houses)

  • Accommodation on route to Everest Base Camp is very cheap in most tea houses. They charge about 100NPR (1$) in low season, in high season about $3 to $5.
  • This is the price provided you eat there, $10 for accommodation if you do not eat there.
  • There are nice lodges available in some of the villages ($20 -40) see in the itinerary later in the article.

Miscellaneous items

  • We showered once or twice it gets more expensive as you go up, charging of devices, medicine, toiletries.

 Flights to Lukla, the start of the Everest Base Camp Trek

The best way to start the trek is to fly from Kathmandu to The Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. 

You can buy a ticket online on Yeti airline website for $166 one way or $330 return (2018) can be paid by Visa or Mastercard credit card or PayPal.

We recommend booking your flight for take off before 7am, late flights often get cancelled which is a big problem! I discuss this very common nightmare and how we ended up walking back from Lukla a bit later.

You are allowed only 10kg of luggage, hopefully you were not planning to carry more! If you are traveling with more luggage check that you stay somewhere in Kathmandu that will store your luggage safely without charge.


The sloping Tenzing Hillary airport in Lukla, considered by some as the most dangerous runway in the world.

 Hiking to EBC from Kathmandu

The biggest possibility for saving money on the Everest Base Camp trek is by going from Kathmandu to Lukla overland (mainly on foot).

The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is half the cost of the trek. Going overland obviously saves you a lot of money.

Lukla is in the mountains, there are no roads, you will have to walk this stretch, we flew to Lukla and walked back to Kathmandu.

We walked from Lukla to Selirri (2 days) and took a back breaking jeep journey from Selirri to Kathmandu for $20.

Coming from Kathmandu you can take a bus to Jiri (9 hours) combined with a five day walk to Namche Bazaar. Resulting in an extra four days of trekking. 

Complete Everest Base Camp Trek Packing List

Everest Base Camp Trek Permits

There used to be 2 required permits, a TIMS and a park permit, this is changing in 2018, please confirm this in Kathmandu, this in proccess.

Everest Base Camp permits required from 2018

Local permit  cost NPR 2000 ($20) in Lukla.

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit (USD 30 + 13% Govt. Tax) available in Kathmandu or Monjo

How hard is the Everest Base Camp Trek ?

You walk 4 to 8 hours a day for 12 days, with a resting day or two for acclimatization. If you are reasonably fit you should be able to do this carrying your own backpack. Having porters make it even easier. If you’re looking for more walks in Nepal Annapurna Base Camp is another great hike to do

Mount Everest towering over the EBC trail.

Mount Everest towering over the EBC trail.

Best time to trek Everest Base Camp

There are two distinct seasons for trekking to EBC. The best months to trek to Everest base camp are in the  pre-monsoon season through March, April and May or in the post monsoon season from late September, October, November.

Pre monsoon (Feb-May) the weather should be largely stable and dry, great for trekking, but it can be very busy with many hikers.

Post monsoon (late Sept-Nov) with less haze and clouds in this period it will normally provide better views of these spectacular mountains. This time is colder but a great time to hike to Gokyo Lakes.

Dec-Feb Hiking still possible but very cold, up to -30C at night! Some times a lot of snow falls on the trail, passes might be closed. Avoid the crowds but bring proper equipment!

Everest Base Camp Trek Tips

Best hotel before and after EBC trek

  • Hotel Buddha – Looking for an awesome place, clean, neat, super friendly staff, great restaurant, helps with everything from luggage storage to visa printing, close to airports (airport pickup). Return to a nice place with satellite tv and good wi fi after your hike! $45 for double room.Want a little more luxury before and after trekking? top rated Baber Mahal Vilas in Kathmandu features 4-star accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and a garden.
  • On a budget? The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel Nice vibe, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable staff. Good place for before or after the trek, luggage storage. $5 for a dormitory bed, $12 for a double room.
A porter hard at work heading to EBC.
A porter hard at work heading to EBC.

Organizing a porter and guide for the EBC Trek

If you organize the  trek to Everest Base Camp yourself it is easy to arrange a guide and a porter in Kathmandu. We did not feel a guide would have been an advantage to us at any stage on the trek. You just follow the path and there are many other trekkers on the route and places to stay.

If you feel you cannot carry your own bag you can arrange a porter for your trek for 15$ a day. A porter can carry up to 30kg of luggage, since he put it into a basket anyway size does not matter.

Two people can thus share a porter; if you are alone he can also double as company. It is my understanding that you do not pay for meals for the porter; they usually get food if they arrive with you at a guesthouse (for bringing you there), but confirm with the porter/agency.

Tipping the porter and guide on EBC

Please keep in mind that a good tip for the  porter/guide is expected. These guys are unreal, we saw a porter, an old man, slip and fall he was sitting flat on his bum with his basket strapped to his forehead, me and Alya together tried to help to his feet, we couldn’t get him up, we had to wait for a third person to get him on his feet, once up he just shuffled on with his 50/60kg basket strapped to his forehead. 

Insurance for the Everest Base Camp Trek

We try not to think about what can go to wrong too much when attacking a new adventure. Hiking at high altitude in a remote location, there are obviously very real risks and evacuation and treatment can be expensive. When you feel your life is in danger cost is usually not a huge concern and the trip can become very expensive. For piece of mind do the sensible thing and have proper insurance. Get a quote here for World Nomads hiking insurance for Nepal that covers you to 6000m. Doesn’t matter where you live or where you are at the moment, it takes less than 2 minutes to get a quote and you can buy it online even if you are already traveling. Always read the small print and be sure you buy the correct policy. Be properly covered for injury, evacuation, gear loss, trip cancellation and trip delays.

Preventing Altitude Sickness (AMS) during the hike.

Altitude sickness (AMS) is caused by ascending to quickly, climb slower to prevent it.

Altitude sickness is very common on the Everest Base Camp trek. It can happen to anybody, irrespective of how old or fit you are or if you have previous trekking experience. We have experience at altitude but still both got headaches. At Tengboche Alya could not sleep and had terrible AMS headaches. We decided to back and down for a day. 

We believe we got AMS because went up to quick and did not do an acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440m). Acclimatizing at Namche was on most schedules we looked at but we thought it is still quite low and we are still fresh, don’t make this mistake.

At higher altitude donkeys are replaced by yaks, for transporting food, building material and other goods up the mountain. Some times you have to wait for a while for a train of these beasts, loaded with cargo to pass on the narrow paths.

Hydration – Drink enough! Very important stay hydrated.

Trekking Pace -Don’t go to fast, not more than 600m increase in altitude per day.


Many people take Diamox. At high altitude the air pressure is low and less oxygen available, Diamox prevents AMS by acting as a respiratory stimulant.

We got Diamox from trekkers on their way down and started taking it, we were both OK from here on, but it could only have been due to going down for a day and then going back up or the placebo effect.  

Contraindications Diamox, it is a diuretic so you constantly have to urinate, it is a pain to go to the toilet in the cold at night. Needles and pins (paraesthesia) in hands in feet, I had needles and pins in the soles of my feet, it is not too bad

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Porter carrying building material up the mountain to build a new lodge. 

AMS Symptoms

  • Poor appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty sleeping

If you have only have mild headaches you should be OK, but be careful AMS is dangerous and  trekkers have died on EBC ignoring it and pushing through. You can ask the advice of the experienced sherpas that own many of the tea houses. At Periche there is a clinic with international doctors working there and a daily talk on AMS.

Remember if you keep on pushing through severe symptoms and you do not have insurance a helicopter to take you down can cost a couple of thousand dollars.

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

DAY 1 Kathmandu to Lukla, Lukla to Manjo

Flight to Lukla 30 min

Lukla to Manjo

Duration – walk 4 hours

Difficulty – easy and flat day

Teahouse – Manjo Guesthouse, one of our favourite teahouses great food, freshly squeezed juices, nice view

Notes – took a hot shower  200 NPR ($2.10),  TEMS permit NPR 3000 ($30)

Want to book a night accommodation in Lukla? stay at the highly recommended Khumbu Lodge $10 for a basic room or $30 stay in luxury.

DAY 2 Manjo to Namche (3440m)

  • Duration – walk 2 hours 40 mins
  • Difficulty – starts of easy and flat until after suspension bridge – 2 and a half hours then hard, steep climb for about 2 hours
  • Teahouse – Thamsecko lodge
  • Notes
    • pay permit on the way NPR 2000 ($20)
    • Namche is still a big town where you can buy gear, watch a movie in a restaurant and get wi fi
    • Want to book an awesome place, nice beds, your own bathroom, good coffee, heated beds? book the Panorama Lodge a bargain at $44 a night
    • Our recommendation- Stay at Namche 2 nights for acclimatizing.

DAY 3 Namche to Thengboche (3867m)

  • Duration – walk 3h50min
  • Difficulty – start the day climbing out of Namche, long flat walk, end the day first going down to the river followed by a steep climb for almost 2 hours to Thengboche (600m vertical climb)
  • Teahouse – Thengboche Guesthouse, owner very helpful, knowledgeable and gave good advice.
  • Notes
    • Alya took a shower – prices gone up now shower is 450 NPR ($4.50)
    • Thengboche monastery is very nice to visit, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Sherpa community.  Well known site, Tenzing Norgay, the first to summit Everest with Edmont Hillary is from the village.  Everest climbers visit the monastery to light candles and seek blessings.
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The town Namche Bazaar, Everest Base Camp Trek.

DAY 4 Thengboche

Acclimatization day, spent most of the day in bed  reading the classic ‘2000 Leagues under the sea’. Awesome that I packed my kindle, light to carry and I read more than one book on the trip!

DAY 5 Altitude problems

Alya had a bad headache and couldn’t sleep, AMS. We decided to walk back down to Punke Tenga, sleep a night at lower altitude and go back up. We walked the whole 600m back down again.

DAY 6 Punke tenga (3260m)  to Pangboche (3930m)

  • Duration – 4 hours 
  • Difficulty – Steep up for 2 hours, flat and down hill from Thengboche
  • Teahouse – Buddha Lodge, very basic, food was good
  • Notes – very cold here, felt great, water price went up

Day 7 Pangboche to Periche (4200m)

  • Duration – 2 and a half hours 
  • Difficulty – short day, easy slope
  • Teahouse – Shangri La Lodge, the owner is a very helpful and knowledgeable guy, some our friends recently stayed in Pumori Lodge another basic tea house, with friendly owners.
  • Note – Periche is  a small settlement, poplar with trekkers,  it has a basic hospital with volunteer international doctors, the place to go if you have AMS problems.

Day 8 Periche

  • Acclimatization day, spent most of the day reading and playing cards.
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Alya with a prayer wheel at Tengboche monastery. 

DAY 9 Periche to Lobuche (4910m)

  • Duration – 5 hours 
  • Difficulty – steep climb through the Thukla pass after Dugla. After our acclimatization/resting day we were feeling fantastic, I had to try to keep Alya back, she was walking at her ‘normal’ pace, way to fast.
  • Teahouse – Peak XV lodge
  • Note
    • We had a cold day here with lots of snow.
    • At the top of Thukla pass there is an Everest Memorial Site, for people that died on Everest including Scott Fisher and others of the 1996 disaster

DAY 10 Lobuche to Gorakshep (5180m) to Everest Base Camp (5365m)

  • Duration – 3 hours to Gorakshep + 3 hour round trip to EBC
  • Difficulty – Flat first hour then some steep climbing and scrambling, leave your bag at Gorakshep, easy hour and a half to EBC!
  • Teahouse – Buddha Lodge, basic tea house, gets very full with groups, felt very touristy but had a nice vibe with many trekkers, here we were happy that we were doing it on our own 🙂
  • Note
    • Left at our packs at Gorakshep walked to EBC and back, very nice gradual climb There were many Yaks and porters on the trail carrying the gear down.  Beautiful view of EBC, mountains and glaciers. Many trekkers
    • TIP: go to EBC very early in the morning to have it almost to yourself, most people head to Kalapatar.

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DAY 11 Gorakshep to Kalapatar (5550m) to Pangboche

  • Duration
    • Total 8 hours + 1 hour breakfast
    • 1.5 hours to the top of Kalapatar, 45 min down
    • Gorakshep to Pangboche 7h15 min (1.5h to Lobutsche, 2h15min to Pereche, 2h to Pangboche)
  • Difficulty
    • It is a tough steep climb up Kalapatar the highest point of the trek. We started at 5am with headlamps and raced up, Alya won!
    • Getting to the top so early it was freezing while waiting for sunrise.
    • Sunrise and the views of Everest, Lhotse etc. was spectacular.
  • Note – Going back from an altitude hike it is always amazing how easy it is going down! We were looking forward to proper coffee!

DAY 12 Pangboche to Manjo

  • Duration – walk 8.5 hours
  • Difficulty – Steep downhill, tough on the knees
  • Tea house – Manjo Guesthouse, awesome to stay again in one of our favorite tea houses, nice food.
  • Notes – took first shower in couple of days 200 NPR ($2.10), awesome!

DAY 13 Manjo to Lukla

  • Duration – 4 hours
  • Difficulty -flat and easy

Want to book a night accommodation in Lukla? stay at the highly recommended Khumbu Lodge $10 for a basic room or $30 stay in luxury.

ice cloud over everest
An ice cloud covering Everest spectacular view on our way back to Lukla.

Flight delays and walking back

Our flight from Lukla to Kathmandu was delayed due to wind, after 2 days of good espresso, chocolate cake and hot showers we were getting annoyed. The delayed flight system is a joke, if your flight gets delayed you are not first inline tomorrow, you get moved on to the delayed list, the delayed list only starts going out the next day after all passengers booked for that day has left, once on the delayed list with one or two days of bad weather and you can be stuck in Lukla for weeks.

Your options to get back to Kathmandu are: wait, a helicopter taxi or walk back.

Helicopters Everest to Kathmandu

Many people cannot afford to sit and drink coffee for days and end up taking a helicopter back. The airline employees sell helicopter flights.

We flew with Tara airlines, a terrible airline that hopelessly overbook flights. If you have an afternoon flight you will probably get delayed because it is to cloudy or windy.  They assume that as a rich tourist you can just pay for a helicopter.

People started getting desperate and the prices for helicopters quickly went up from 300 to 600. We decided to rather walk back.

Lukla to Jiri to Kathmandu trek

The walk back from Lukla was actually a beautiful trek. It was not as commercial or touristy as the normal EBC trek. We walked from Lukla to Jiri it took 3 days where some sort of road starts, from here we had a 4×4 ride to Kathmandu.

From Lukla we walked in rain and hail for two days. We had some interesting obstacles during our trip back. The road was blocked by rivers,  we were stuck in the mud and several other interesting events. We we were however not prepared and for us the walk back to Kathmandu was just moving somewhere. We did not enjoy two extra days on the trail. At times we walked with headlamps at night. If your flight gets delayed and you cancel for this reason you do get a full refund.

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Hiking to Everest Base Camp

Packing Tips

  • Water is very expensive, you have three options to sterilize tap water and drink
    • chlorine pills (works but your water taste like swimming pool water)
    • Steri Pen  UV sterilize device. Used by couple of other trekkers on route.
    • Life Straw filter, very efficient, cheap, can also buy life straw in a bottle

Check out this test of lifestraw, you can find many funny ones on Youtube, the point is this is a cheap, safe way to get good quality water out of taps and streams on the hike.

  • Pack a BUFF Multifunctional Headwear – protects your neck and face from sun burn, wind and weather.

  • You have to pay to charge electronics at the tea houses. Charge your phone, kindle, Go Pro any USB device with a portable charger. Luxtude 13400mAh Waterproof Portable Charger

  • Travel wet wipes are very handy if it is to cold (or expensive) to shower, we have been sitting in our tent ‘washing’ with these on countless hikes, a must on your EBC packing list.
  • Hand cleaner easier than finding a tap and soap to wash your hands if you want to eat.
  • I am so glad I had a kindle! Awesome to read in bed on acclimatizing days. Was reading 2 different books, weighed almost nothing.
  • Microfibre towels take almost no space, are light and dry easy so that they won’t get moldy and start smelling. Share one towel if you are a couple.   Active Roots Microfiber Travel Towel
  • We have been using our Petzl’s for ages, the electricity in the tea houses is not always on at night, a headlamp is handy Petzl Actic 300 Lumen waterproof headlamp
  • It gets very cold inside the tea houses at night. Stay warm in sub zero temperatures.  Down is awesome, you won’t regret it! Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree DriDown Sleeping Bag 
  • A good waterproof, windproof jacket – super important! Wearing this and layering with a fleece and thermal vest when very cold was perfect for me.  The North Face Men’s Venture 2 Jacket

Clothes and Gear for sale in Kathmandu

There are many shops selling the necessary clothes and gear to trek to Everest Base Camp in Kathmandu. Mostly fakes of well-known brands like The North Face. Many people buy the fake gear, obviously the quality is inferior and real brand names are not cheap here. You can rent gear in Kathmandu, usually fakes. You are not climbing Everest so you probably wont die of cold in a fake jacket. Having something that fits, lasts and keeps the wind and rain out is just nicer and will improve your chances of finishing the trek successfully. 

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  1. Which dates did you trek?

    Sorry if this has already been said somewhere.

  2. Hi Campbell & Alya,

    Thank you so much for this write up.
    I’m planning to trek EBC independently as I’m tight on the budget.

    I asked a local on the internet for porter-guide service and he listed down things I have to prepare.
    Among them is local government entrance tax – $20 (this is not the TIMS permit or the national park fee).
    But I don’t see this fee in your list.

    Do you know this fee? Is this new or is this some extra I have to pay to him?

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello Rara, from what I understand there are 2 fees, a Local permit  that cost NPR 2000 ($20) in Lukla. and the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit (USD 30 + 13% Govt. Tax) available in Kathmandu or Monjo. TIMS is no longer required for EBC. If however you are going to walk from Jiri to EBC you will require a TIMS permit and then there is another conservation permit of $20 required. I have not been in Nepal in a while, this is my current understanding, so I would recommend that you confirm with local/official sources.

      • Just a quick correction on this. I did Jiri to EBC in November and December.
        You need 3 permits, 2 you mentioned for EBC which is 2,000 for Khumbu region and 3,000 for Sagarmatha National park.
        For the Jiri to Namche section there is Gaurishankar Conservation Area permit which you get in Shivalaya. It’s 3,000 rupees. It’s such BS as if you look at the map you literally are only in the national park for about 2 hours of walking. You can avoid if you start after Shivalaya.
        You DO NOT need a TIMS card for this though. All the permits you get on the way. I don’t see the point getting them in advance.

        While this blog is too late for me I love entries like this that give daily costs and such like so good work none the less!

  3. Hi,

    Really good post thanks! Just wondering if it as easy to do the Gokyo lakes trek independently aswel or is advisable to get a guide do you know?

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello Grace, thanks for reading, from what I understand from other trekkers that did the route, trekking to Gokyo independent is completely possible. This should add about an extra 4 days to your trek from Kala Pattar to Dzongla, from Dzongla over Chola Pass to Thagnak, from Thagnak to Gokyo, from Gokyo to Dole, from Dole to Namche Bazaar, you will also need a rest day or two and time to see the lakes. Hiking to EBC with Gokyo is often done in about 16 days. We have not done this so I am telling you this on hear-say and would recommend you do more research. Goodluck and safe travels

  4. Hi, Thanks for the detailed article on this, I am doing EBC in late September 2018, i couple of quick questions, it would be great if you could help me out on this
    1.Can we hire porters on spot from Lukla itself, at what cost?

    2.Can we hire a guide maybe from Dingboche to Dingboche/Periche, at what cost? as to what I’ve understood by reading numerous blogs, till Dingboche there is no need of guide as the path is well laden and we can seek help from locals in case required.

    3. What would be approximate permit cost for an Indian for doing the EBC?

    4. What is the current state of Salleri to Kathmandu roads? can they be considered for returning after EBC?

    5. How strenuous it would be to trek from Lukla to Salleri & how much time will it take?

    6. If we do it independently without any operator, will spot booking an accommodation in tree houses be a challenge? (our travel dates, 20th September to 6th October)

    Thanks in advance.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hi Shivam, thanks for reading. You can hire a porter in Lukla, the advantage is you do not have to pay for a flight for him. The problem is that trekking permits are different depending if you use staff or not, apparently best way to stay within the rules here is to organize a porter through an agency in Kathmandu to meet you in Lukla.
      We thought the trail was clear to follow the whole way, you might be able to find a guide at Dingboche at a tea house or can ask at an agency in Kathmandu.
      EBC permits http://www.everestbasecamptrek.org/permits-necessary-everest-trek/
      Lukla to Salleri was not a very steep trail compared to the rest and took us 2 days.
      I think without booking anything you should get available tea houses in every town.
      safe travels!

      • Thanks Alya& Campbell for reverting but you missed on cost front for porters and guide, it would be great if you give me an estimate for hiring porters exclusively from Kathmandu and guide from Dingboche.
        Also current situation of roads from Salleri to Kathmandu.

        • Stingy Nomads

          Hello Shivam, we live in Cape Town, South Africa, not Nepal. We share our experiences in this travel blog, aiming to help as much as we can with your travels at no cost. The best way to find the info you are looking for would be to contact a couple of agencies in Nepal and compare the prices, they will also be able to tell you the state of the road, from what I found on recent forums online, the state of the road seems to be good enough to hike. Goodluck!

          • I know that you don’t live in Nepal but i thought you might be having an idea as you have a quite active forum here where there is incredible exchange of information. Anyways thanks for all your help, Keep up the good work, Cheers 🙂

  5. Thanks for the great story. Awesome

  6. desert trips

    thanks for posting this article about the everest basecamp Trek! I enjoyed reading it!

  7. Sarena Wilson

    thanks for sharing this useful article…..

  8. Amazing post. Really appreciate the details you’ve gone through and also the updates. This is one of my bucket list items. Just a quick question: I plan on making a daily vlog while trekking. Would it be too much to carry a Mirrorless DSLR, a Gimbal, a monopod and three lenses while on the trek apart from all the luggage you mentioned?
    What about electricity on the way for recharging the batteries and is there any special permit required for videography along the way.

    Thanks in Advance

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hi Chandan, thanks for reading, always nice if our posts can help. Most of the tea house have no outlets in the rooms, most of them have electricity but you might have to pay per hour for charging. Twelve days is a long trek, but you can get away with packing light since you wont need to carry a tent, a stove or any food! I think if you pack all your stuff and your pack is about 10kgs you should be ok to carry it, the porters carry up to 30kgs! Paying a porter to carry video equipment is always an option. I don’t think you need a permit for your equipment, but check some of the official Nepalese websites – If you are thinking of taking a drone check with Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN)



    Is it still possible to do it on your own without a tour? I recently heard that they dont allow it anymore, is this true? And what are the options for sleeping in your own tent, would you advice it or is it simpy too cold to do this.

    Thanks in advance and thanks for your great post!

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hi, glad you enjoyed the post. As far as I am aware you can still do it independent and I can not find anything suggesting otherwise online. It looks like this rumor was floating around as early as 2007. Send me a link and I will take a look at it. There are no campsites, but you could ask to camp next to one of the tea houses. It is never to cold to camp if you have an appropriate sleeping bag, but it does get very cold our water froze inside our room at the last tea houses. Sleeping in a tent won’t save you much on accommodation since you stay in the tea houses for about a dollar as long as you eat there. Carrying your tent, food and gas for 12 days would be very tough. Goodluck!

    • Matt Hahnewald

      I’m 63 years old and I did the EBC tourist highway this year between April, 23 and May, 7, uneventfully and on a budget (accommodation and guesthouse food for 14 days: US$ 190, internet-booked return flight Kathmandu – Lukla: US$ 296; permits: US$ 52.50). In the years before I did Langtang, ABC and Annapurna Circuit on a similar budget. I never carry a sleeping bag, just a cotton liner (single-bed cover). All the guesthouses provided enough clean blankets/duvets. In my personal experience, the biggest risks/nuisances when you go trekking/hiking are: (i) a group, (ii) a guide, (iii) an itinerary. Happy Trekking!

      • Stingy Nomads

        Hi Matt, thanks for your valuable input, we appreciate you informing us of the latest prices. Well done on completing all those hikes in Nepal, they are still on our list 🙂 Glad you had a good and safe trek. We just finished climbing Mount Elbrus in Russia, it was great keep an eye out for the post coming soon. Keep on trekking!

      • So glad to read this Mike as we’re heading off in 2 days and at this point we’ve decided not to take sleeping bags. Forecast up there right now is nothing below minus 10, I don’t honestly think we’ll need them and they’re such a pain to carry. A couple of years ago we went to Tengboche and didn’t need bags and that was at a colder time. But…famous last words. With kids I do tend to worry more, but we’re well used to low winter temps through living in Romania with no heating and no sleeping bags. We’re generally fine to about minus 17 then it starts to get chilly at night. Just too many decisions.

  10. shankar banjara

    really good tips for budget travellers and backpackers to visit the Everest base camp Nepal

  11. Great to know about your trip in detail! Thanks much 🙂

  12. Great report. Many thanks.
    Two short remarks:
    (i) I did Langtang (in autumn 2014, before the quake), ABC (in spring 2015, during the quake) and Annapurna Circuit (in spring 2016) without a sleeping bag. A liner or single bed cover (for hygienic reasons) was good enough. All tea houses and lodges supplied clean and thick duvets/blankets.
    (ii) I have just bought tickets Kathmandu – Lukla (and return) over the internet, only two days ago. I went directly to the website from Yeti Airlines. It was US$ 148.- one way (US$ 296.- return); payable by credit card or PayPal. It worked and I received immediately printable e-tickets. They charged my Visa card US$ 296.-, at no extra costs.

    • stingynomads@gmail.com

      Hello, Matt! Thank you for reading and providing updated info!
      Concerning sleeping bags we were very cold last two nights before reaching the Base camp and we had many blankets and sheets but slept in all our clothes and sleeping bags. It was below C0 inside the room, water froze in our bottles.
      It’s a good upgrade from Yeti that you can buy a ticket online now, it wasn’t possible three years ago when we did the hike. Thank you we’ll update it in the article.
      We really enjoyed your site you have great photos, very catching and inspiring!
      Good luck in your new Nepal adventure!

  13. hi ! how can i go from Kathmandu to jiri and tracking to lukla. How many days will it takes?

    • stingynomads@gmail.com

      Hello Lita, thanks for your question. You can take a minibus or bigger bus from Kathmandu to Jiri. We went in the opposite direction, from Jiri to Kathmandu by Jeep. This is what I get from forums regarding Kathmandu-Jiri: Departure in the morning from south of Ratna Park (in the middle of station) Usually 6 and 8 o’clock. Buy tickets the day before (by noon is fine), same place. You can choose your seat number. It took us 3 days to walk from Lukla to Jiri, I think the opposite direction should take you 3 to 4 days.

  14. Alya, Campbell. Thank you for the great info.

    I am heading to EBC on 1 Apr 2017, and wanted to ask you about booking a guide/porter. If you book your porter in Kathmandu, are you expecting to pay for his airfare to Lukla? Or is it fairly easy to find a porter in Lukla? There are two of us, and we plan on organizing independently, by booking our flight KMT-LUK, hiring some porter help and not bother with a guide, for the same reasons you described above.

    Also, given that April is the beginning of high season, do you think there would be a problem with finding a room in a teahouse without booking in advance?

    • stingynomads@gmail.com

      Hello! Thank you for your question! We didn’t have any guide or porter but if you need one you can book it in Kathmandu through an agency (check the one that we used to book our flight) it’s very likely they have some contacts in Lukla and can arrange a porter from there. As you say April is a high season so with finding a porter in Lukla. We heard some people hired porters in Kathmandu and paid for their tickets to Lukla but being locals they pay less for the flight. One porter should be enough for two people they carry up to 15kg. You can’t really book tea houses in advanced but we did a hike in April as well and never had any problem with finding place to sleep. For our hike we didn’t book anything in advanced except tickets to Lukla and it worked out good.
      If you have more question we’ll be happy to answer them!
      Good luck!

  15. Hi Alya and Campbell thank you so much for sharing your experience!!!! Since I’m also a backpacker traveling around the world trying to spend as little money as possible I found your content very helpful!:)
    I am actually thinking to do the same, gonna trek back from Lukla to Jiri and you said it’s two days? How many hours a day you hiked? Is the path well signed? And will I be able to find tea house or anything on the way? Also is it always easy to find jeep head back to Kathmandu from Jiri? Thank you for your time and best luck for your upcoming travels!!!!

    • Hello Stephanie,

      Such a nice and simple information by both of backpackers , even I am planning to do the same trek in this April , if you have any such plans , do let me know .

    • stingynomads@gmail.com

      Hi Stephanie, thanks for your question! We walked about 9 hours a day for 2 days and then another day in the jeep. There were many jeeps going from Jiri when we arrived. There were not too many markings on the trail, but it was easy to follow. Tea houses were few, but they were right on the trail. Another money saving tip, take a little stove, tea and oats and cook your own breakfast. Take water purification tablets and drink tap water. Pack a chocolate for each day, they get expensive as you go higher.
      Safe Travels
      C + A

  16. Hi, this is really nice blog. Helping fellow trekkers planning to go EBC. I am planning to go EBC independently starting from Feb 1st week 2017. is it require to book the lodges upfront or will I get one when I reach there ? Also, if I find difficulty at some part of trek, will it be possible to hire guide for that particular part ? My plan is to go overland from Jiri to Lukla. I heard that most of the trekkers directly fly to Lukla. So is the path from Jiri to Lukla clear and will I get lodges in this path? Please help me.

    • stingynomads@gmail.com

      Hello, Naresh! Thank you!
      February is out of two main seasons (October-November and March-April) so there will be few tourists and most lodges will be empty you don’t need to book anything beforehand. In fact you can find a place to stay even in high season. We never needed a guide because there were always many people to follow and the trail was very clear but I think it’s possible to find a guide for a particular part in one of the teahouses/lodges. Be ready that in February it’s colder up there so you need proper warm clothes and sleeping bag. And there won’t be many other travellers.
      We walked back from Lukla to Jiri and from there took a jeep the trail was clear with several teahouses where you can stay and buy food.
      If you have more questions we’ll be happy to help!
      Good luck!

      • Thank you. can I get good sleeping bag and down Jacket ( as per February climate) in Khatmandu ?

        • stingynomads@gmail.com

          Yes, you can rent or buy both in Kathmandu but don’t take very fake things they will fall apart in one or two days. We rented one sleeping bag it was cheap and fake and after one night it was broken (the zip and the stitches). Good luck!

          • I read on Internet that temprature can fall down to -20c during February and I planned to go in same month. If I carry sleeping bag range upto -5c, will it be ok?

            • stingynomads@gmail.com

              Hi, Naresh!
              We were there in April and in last two huts before the Base Camp it was very cold almost as cold as outside, during the night water in our bottles got frozen. But our sleeping bags weren for above 0C. In all huts you get many blankets especially in winter and some nights we slept in all our clothes (hiking pants, fleece, jacket, beany etc.). But in general February is a good month for Nepal there are no big crowds.
              Good luck!

  17. looks amazing!!! those porters r crazily strong, omg.

    • stingynomads@gmail.com

      Hi Tammy, yes those guys are unreal. We couldn’t believe all the cargo humans were carrying at that altitude!

  18. laura sheeran

    Great read!!!! thanks!!!!

  19. Lulia Morocutti

    Hi ! Good recap. I wondering in which month did you do your trek ?

    • stingynomads@gmail.com

      Thank you Lulia. We did it in mid April, the weather was great. We had a little bit of snow at altitude and no rain on the trek itself, it started raining when we walked back to Kathmandu.

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