Look, Everest Base Camp is a popular trek but it is a little expensive because there are flight expenses, food expenses, lodges expenses, guide expenses and many more which you have to pay. Similarly, hotels prices are categorized according to their standard as well as foods and that is why the price differs. Due to the itinerary of the package also the cost varies. So, you may want to know what is the exact cost of Everest Base Camp trek? Lets breakdown everything you will be paying after you took a package of Everest Base Camp or why to pay:
For National Park Permit=NPR 3,000
- 1 For National Park Permit=NPR 3,000
- 2 Rural Municipality entrance fee cost=NPR 2,000
- 3 Domestic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu/Ramechhap=$179 per flight
- 4 Lodges/Hotels cost of Everest Base Camp trek=$5 to $200 per person per night
- 5 Meals cost of Everest Base Camp trekking=$5 to $30 per meal
- 6 Guides
- 7 Other minor costs of Everest Base Camp
It is the permit that allows you to pass over the national property of Nepal where NPS (National Park Service) utilizes the money for conserving wildlife, scenery and historical things. It is also recommended for you to be eco-friendly and manage the waste products. Pristine Nepal is also responsible for managing your packages for fewer waste products.
Rural Municipality entrance fee cost=NPR 2,000
The money will be utilized for the development of local people; it is the main source of the Khumbu region and managing the historical places. They also maintain security in the area as well as adding more facilities.
Domestic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu/Ramechhap=$179 per flight
The most expensive thing is a domestic flight from Kathmandu/Ramechhap to Lukla and to Ramechhap/Kathmandu from Lukla. It is $179 for one way so two-way flight cost is around $360. Lukla is only one small airport which is a starting and ending point for trekking. Only small aircraft can fly to this place so it makes a really high price.
Lodges/Hotels cost of Everest Base Camp trek=$5 to $200 per person per night
Yes, there is a cheap lodges/hotel you can get during your trek as well as an expensive one. However, you may know what’s the services of cheap and expensive hotels but anyway both will provide you a clean bed.
If you want a luxury room then you will be paying high prices during your trek like $150-$200 per night. Likewise, if you want a clean bed with normal food then you can go for the cheap one. Due to this reason, you can see the different costs of Everest Base Camp packages in local agencies of Nepal.
Note: $5 to $200 is per night per person only for the room, not food.
Meals cost of Everest Base Camp trekking=$5 to $30 per meal
Yup, the cost of foods varies according to the hotel/lodges you have booked during your trek as well as the food items. If you are trekking through the agencies of Nepal then you will have to eat what they provide including 3 meals per day. But if you have taken the Bed & Breakfast trek then it’s your choice what to eat in your meal. Therefore, the cost of a decent meal will cost you $10-$20 and $5 dollars for the cheap one. But for the best meal during your trek, it will cost you $30 at luxury hotels. Hot drinks are very expensive in this region. NPR 100-300 will be charged for a cup of hot drinks. Hot drinks mean black tea/coffee, milk tea/coffee, hot lemon with ginger honey, etc.
Guides are the main person to make your trip a memorable one. They are also responsible for giving you information as well as clearing your confusion. With a good guide in your team, you can always get to learn new things, enjoyment and lots of information. Nowadays, there are two types of guides you can hire:
Trekking Guide $25 to $40 per day
Trekking Guide is considered as a normal guide who will show you the routes for your destination. They are on the mid-level but not like an expert guide. Similarly, they will have basic information about the destination but they are also very talented. Trekking guides are mostly young people and always have new methods to make your trip, therefore, you won’t have a boring day.
Their price also varies according to the agencies you book your trek/trip and as well as the experience. Don’t think that at a cheap price you will get a bad guide because its the agencies you booked.
Expert Guide= $60 to $100 per day (Trek Leader)
Expert Guide or Leader guide is the most professional guides with lots of information. If you are really looking for some information about culture & tradition, geography, politics information, etc then hiring an expert guide is recommended. However, the expert guide is a little costly but don’t worry they are the true professionals and if you got any trouble in your trek then they can solve it easily. They are also talented in surviving skills as well as forecasting weathers and that is why there’s no worry after having them.
Other minor costs of Everest Base Camp
The listed price on the top is the cost of Everest Base Camp trek but there are some minor prices also which you will have to pay in Kathmandu. Such as airport pick up and drops, transportation cost to the domestic airport, hotels in Kathmandu, trekking guide and porter cost, guide’s flight cost, and others are the minor payments. Due to the changing prices of this minor cost, it is not listed. Likewise, the minor cost/expenses will be $4 to $10 so don’t worry about it.
It’s in your hand now if you want to go trekking independent or with agencies? But I would recommend you to go with agencies because it’s “worth it”….trust me, you will provide a lot of jobs for guides, porters, drivers, restaurants, and many more. Here are some packages you can check as well as know “How to get Visa in Nepal” and the best price/cost of Short Everest Base Camp by Heli.