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Cheap/Budget Everest Base Camp Trek (14 Days)



As travel agents it is our responsibility to make your trek easy and affordable and hence we have introduced Budget Everest trek. Now the Everest base camp trek is affordable to all and with a trekking guide to take care of you, show you way and arrange accommodation as per your requirements.

Budget Everest trek follows exact same route like the famous Everest base camp trek and begins from the most adventurous airports of Lukla. You will make your way to the base camp of the tallest mountain in the world via beautiful valleys, gorges, forests and the beautiful settlements of the sherpa communities. Furthermore, you will fall in love with the rare vegetation, wildlife and the suspension bridges throughout.In 12 days of time you will travel from 2200 meters of elevation to 5500 meters of elevation and that is of Kala Patthar and walk the route once walked by sir Edmund Hillary, the first adventurer to reach the sumit of Everest and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa.  


On top, Budget Everest trek with the mountain trails is fascinating because we do not rush to complete this once in a lifetime trek. We take you to the heart of Sherpa communities from where come the brave ice doctors as well as some famous climbers who have set record for climbing the Everest fastest, for the most and as the youngest. Not only that but this trek would as well showcase you the life of regular sherpa people along the trail. To add up, we would do fun filled activities on a rest day and venture out on side trips to ensure you have not done an adventurous trip like this never before. Book this trek today!

Short Itinerary:

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2Trek Preparation and Shopping Day
Day 3Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (200m descend – 50m descend)
Day 4Phakding – Namche bazaar (1000m ascent – 100m descent)
Day 5Rest Day
Day 6Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (350m descend – 750m ascent)
Day 7Tengboche – Dingboche 70 m descent, 580m ascent
Day 8Rest day
Day 9Dingboche – Labuche 500m ascent
Day 10Labuche – Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar/EBC – Gorakshep Ascent 650m, descent 385m
Day 11Gorakshep – Pheriche 200m ascent, descent 700+m
Day 12Pheriche – Namche Ascent 400m and ascent 50+m
Day 13Namche – Lukla Ascent 950m, descend 250m
Day 14Lukla – Kathmandu
Best Seasons:
Spring(April, June, July), Monsoon(August, September, October), Summer(November, December January), Winter(February, March, April), Fall(September, October, November),
Number of Days:
14 Days
Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Places Visited: Kathmandu Hotel Prince Plaza Tribhuvan International Airport

Activities: No Activities Briefing

On this day you arrive to Kathmandu and we transfer you to your accommodation. On this day you rest and rejuvenate of days to come. You can as well explore the surrounding and get to know a little about the country and culture.

Day 2
Trek Preparation and Shopping Day

Places Visited: Thamel Hotel Prince Plaza

Activities: Briefing Shopping

You will meet your trek leader on this day and he would brief you about trekking to Everest base camp. The back office staff will prepare all required permits for your trekking and you will do the last minute shopping for your trekking along with your guide. While our back office staff get ready preparing permits from the government offices, our guides help you get acquainted with the country by taking you to the most happening market in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (200m descend – 50m descend)

Places Visited: Tribhuvan International Airport Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla) Phakding Lukla Flight

Activities: Flight Trekking and Hiking Briefing

The day starts early and as early as 4 in the morning to catch an early flight to Lukla. The flight is completely dependent on the weather conditions of Lukla and at times the flights get rescheduled as well. We have our breakfast in Lukla and embark on the trails follow the stone trail downhill around 45 minutes and walk along with Yak and mules at times. We make our way through beautiful Buddhist communities with prayer flags, chorten and mani. Relatively today’s trek is easy and the the first day on the trails of Everest base camp. We trek for 3-4 hours until we arrive Phakding

Day 4
Phakding – Namche bazaar (1000m ascent – 100m descent)

Places Visited: Phakding Namche Sagarmatha National Park headquarter

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

Activities: Hiking, Briefing We start strolling on the same undulating trail we had left the earlier day. On this day we walk on the trail, carved on the hills, on the bank of Dudh koshi river. Several times we cross rustic suspension bridges to walk on the left and the right banks. The beautiful river side Buddhist settlement intermingled with sparse forest of Rhododendron, pine and fir is the main attraction of this day. We get the first glimpse of Thamserku 6608m, on this day. The final ascent to Namche Bazaar through sheer, crisscross and pine scented trail is the most difficult section of the day. In this section of the trek you will also feel the thin air kick in. On a clear day Namche offers the distant yet nice view of Mt. Everest

Day 5
Rest Day

Places Visited: Namche acclimatization Khumjung Khumjung Monastery Hillary School

Activities: Side Trips and Acclimatization Briefing Hiking

We take rest on this day to acclimatize with high altitude and an excellent day to explore Namche, its culture and the periphery. Namche is interesting town which has terrace like settlement and looks like an amphitheatre. This is the most happening and biggest town along the trail. The idea is to remain active during the day and not fall asleep, which is why we hike to Syngboche airport; one of the high altitude, non commercial air strip. We also take the opportunity to visit Khunde and Khumjung where we see the school built by Sir. Edmund Hillary. This village is famous for the monastery which claims to hold the Yeti skull. Furthermore, it is as well the hometown of renowned sherpa’s Appa Sherpa and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. We get back to Namche we relax and enjoy the view, meanwhile we get ready for the next day’s trek.

Day 6
Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (350m descend – 750m ascent)

Places Visited: Namche Tengboche Tengboche Monastery

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

On this day the trail initiate with gentle ups and downs but every spur we take towards Tengboche seems to bring the mountains closer. As we make our way on the trails through the forest of Rhododendron we have to keep our eyes open for Himalayan Tahr and Musk Deer. The final 2 hours ascent is the most demanding section of the trek but we encounter water charged mani wheels and view of mountains which helps fuel us to walk further. We arrive at Tengboche which is a wide open grassy flat land where resides Tengboche monastery; famous and one of the largest in the Everest region.

Day 7
Tengboche – Dingboche 70 m descent, 580m ascent

Places Visited: Tengboche Dingboche

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

On this day we leisurely walk down hill at first and slowly start scale on the trail beside the Khumbu stream for almost 3 hours, until we reach Dingboche. We get gorgeous view of Island peak 6189m, Peak 38 (7,591m) and Lhotse (8501m), towards the right of Dingboche. We call it a day here and rest for the night.

Day 8
Rest day

Places Visited: Dingboche acclimatize Nangkartshang Hermitage and View Point

Activities: Sight Seeing Briefing

Dingboche is a lovely place; even is such altitude it receives prolonged sunrise and the wind blows more calmly , compared to that of Periche. We spend a day in Dingboche which is a must to acclimatize. In order to acclimatize it is very important to stay active throughout the day and the idea is to not fall asleep in the day time. We trek around 400m to Nangkartshang Gompa, a viewpoint which offers slightly different angled views for mountains in Everest region and even East Makalu (8463m). After climbing up to see the mountains we head back to have our lunch and further do photography, play card games or invent our games to spend the day.

Day 9
Dingboche – Labuche 500m ascent

Places Visited: Dingboche Labuche

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

Ascending from the very first moment, we make our way through small patches of village with splendid views of twin peak Taboche and Periche, above a barren created by vanished glacier. The trail further surpasses gravelly ridges which showcases the views of Amadablam and Kantega. We take a utter nerve wrecking uphill to a memorial that commemorates mountaineer who lost their lives in 1996, this is the most difficult ascend of the day. Further we ascent with the view of soaring Thamserku in front. We reach Lobuche and spend a night here.

Day 10
Labuche – Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar/EBC – Gorakshep Ascent 650m, descent 385m

Places Visited: Labuche Gorak shep Kala Patthar Everest Base Camp

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

It is very important to be careful on this day as we may feel the signs of AMS (acute mountain Sickness) but cautiously we head towards Gorak Shep. initially we follow the narrow gap between glacier moraine and the mountain. We make a very small but difficult climb to more technically difficult moraine with the first sighting to Gorakshep. Gorakshep 5180 m which is at the base of Kalapatthar 5545m, is a flat land and a sand basin, where we have our lunch. It is recommended to visit Kala Patthar on this day to view Himalayas of Everest region. Many people prefer Kala Patthar in the morning but it is not recommended due to the ruined view from sunrise behind the Everest. We either trek to Everest base camp or Kala Patthar and trek back to Gorakshep and spend the night.

Day 11
Gorakshep – Pheriche 200m ascent, descent 700+m

Places Visited: Gorak shep Pheriche

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

If we made it to Kala Patthar on the previous day, we hike to Everest base camp on this day before we descend to Pheriche. We make a very nominal ascent of 200m this day but is very technical and takes almost 3 hours. We start our trek early at around 6 am to our destination which is a semi-permanent village made out of bright dome tents and boulder covered by prayer flags. Everest base camp is the hub of mountaineers who are waiting for green signal to climb further up, the view of the mountains are spectacular but Everest is not visible due to the towering mountains upfront. After spending brief moments in base camp we trek down for another hour to Gorakshep and further down to Periche in Next 3-4 hours.

Day 12
Pheriche – Namche Ascent 400m and ascent 50+m

Places Visited: Pheriche Namche

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

From Periche we descend to scenic Imja River and make small and easy ascent and walk through the forest of Rhododendron and Fir. We walk majorly through the banks of Imja stream and Dudh Koshi until an uphill to Tengboche and further down to Phunki Thanga and final sheer uphill for around an hour to Namche.

Day 13
Namche – Lukla Ascent 950m, descend 250m

Places Visited: Namche Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla)

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

Although we start early and it is all descend from Namche to lukla, it is claimed to be the hardest downhill in the entire Everest base camp route. The remorseless incline makes it difficult on the knees but there is always an option to slow down the pace and stroll easy. It’s a flat trail from Benkar to Phakding and Lukla and very easy for the knees. It’s the final day in Everest region where we reconfirm our flights and enjoy the party like atmosphere amongst the trekker who has finished their trek.

Day 14
Lukla – Kathmandu

Places Visited: Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla) Kathmandu Lukla Flight

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

We board an early morning flight on the world’s most adventurous before the weather is wrecked. With the views of the beautiful peaks on our right we head towards Kathmandu. Our Everest base camp trek officially Ends once we transfer you to the hotel. We request you to provide us with your international departure date and we will arrange you with the international transfer.

Price :
USD 800
Note :
2 pax - USD 775 each 2+ Pax - USD 750 each
What's Included:
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Trekking Map
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport taxes
  • Airport pick upon Nepal arrival
  • Private vehicle drop off and pick up for Lukla flight
  • All permits including TIMS and National Park Permit
  • Accommodation in a basic teahouse from days 3 - 13
  • A trekking guide of your language preference or an English speaking guide
What's Not Included:
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, day backpacks, t-shirt, and trekking map
  • Excess baggage charges
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
Please make sure that you are equipped with following equipments and resuorces before you proceed for this tour package.
Checklist:
  • Sun hat or scarf.
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts.
  • Lightweight cotton long pants.
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturiser
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • I-pod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Modest swimsuits (for Kathmandu)
  • yoga pants

Reviews from our gratified travellers


Guerrico Ignacio

Now it is the time to go to the Everest !

Reaching the Everest Base Camp with Budget Trekking company was one of the best experiences I have ever had. All the experience was well prepared and the mountains we saw during the trails were amazing. Honestly you should do it and I strongly recommend all of you guys to do it with this company. The guide(Raj) was amazing, the food, the lodges, all worked it excellent. Now it is the time to go to the Everest ! Visited November 2016

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As travel agents it is our responsibility to make your trek easy and affordable and hence we have introduced Budget Everest trek. Now the Everest base camp trek is affordable to all and with a trekking guide to take care of you, show you way and arrange accommodation as per your requirements.

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