|Thamserku from the high route between Phortse and Pangboche|
But, more often that not, I am asked the question" how much does it cost to trek to Everest Base Camp?"
So this post attempts to answer that question given the many options available! I have assumed that the trekker will fly in and out of Lukla as that is the route majority of trekkers would take. In case you walk in and out of Jiri you would save your air fare but spend another ten days or so on lodge accommodation, food and porters/guides!
1 Luxury Trek with International Trekking Company
These treks are usually run by leading international companies and provide you with all the frills:
- Five star accommodation in Kathmandu
- Best lodges in Namche often with plush attached toilets, abundant hot showers for free and heated electric blankets!
- Best possible lodges on the trail many with attached bathrooms and nice sunny rooms
- Knowledgeable English speaking guides from overseas, many of whom have done the Everest route many times and once in a while you may get an Everest summiteer guiding you!
- Special food, snacks, freshly ground coffee from overseas to supplement the lodge meals - once in Gokyo I found that cognac was also being served after dinner!
- Boiled or filtered water would be provided every day to the group!
|Kwangde from the airstrip of Shyanboche|
2 Trek with Local Nepal Trekking Company
These treks are usually run by Kathmandu based trekking companies. They could be fixed departure treks where you sign on to an existing trek or they could be customised for your group only provided you have a decent number - four is usually acceptable.
You would usually get:
- Three star hotels in Kathmandu usually located in Thamel.
- Reasonable lodges on the route, some with attached bathrooms in Namche and Lukla usually.
- A local Nepali guide who would lead the team along with the porters to carry your bags - he would speak some English!
- Meals would be usually at the lodges and would be fixed in some manner.
- Flights in and out to Lukla, airport transfers, permits etc would all be covered.
3 Do it Yourself Trek hiring a Guide/Porter as you need
You could decide to do your own trek to EBC and work out your own cost as under:
- Sagarmatha Permits and TIMS- US $30 for foreigners and US $15 for SAARC citizens; TIMS US $20 for independent foreign trekkers and US $10 for SAARC citizens.
- Flight to and fro Lukla - US $326 for foreign passports holders and USD $200 for Nepali/Indian citizens presently.
- Room at lodges - can vary from US $ 5 to 35 per night depending on where you stay - this excludes the top end lodges like Yeti Mountain Home, Summit Lodges etc.
- Food at lodges - You can budget US $ 20-25 per day on an average, This does not include cokes, beer, apple pies and yak steaks! It includes three good meals, tea, coffee, hot water etc.
- Guide - the cost of a guide with his meals and stay included would be between US $ 25 to 30 per day. A guide would not carry your load.
- Porters - The cost of a porter would be US $ 15 to 18 per day with meals and stay.
4 Do it Yourself Trek carrying your own Backpack
You could eliminate the cost of the guide/porter from No 3 above- for two persons it would be US $ 850-950 per person and for Indian/Nepali citizens US $ 700-800 per person due to the differential in the Lukla air fare.
|View from Luza - Thamserku|
- These treks to the Everest region are often conducted by companies who specialize in photography tours, treks and workshops. They are sometimes conducted by individual photographers who have vast experience in the Himalayas in general and Everest in particular. Like the luxury treks these treks are top end as they provide for fifteen days, the services of a dedicated top notch photographer on the trail who mentors and assists the team of trekkers. Other than the photography leader, the team would have a Nepali guide and porters who would look after local logistics, loads, lodges, meals and other creature comforts for the team! The photography leader would know the best spots for photographs, the time of the day, off the beaten track locations, local colour, interaction with the local population, monastery interiors, night photography etc.
So which of the options is for you?
South Col Expeditions runs treks and photo workshops in the Everest region every year personally led by Sujoy Das. Our next Everest trek is November 8th to 24th 2015. For more details do visit www.southcol.com.