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  • Sunset over Mt. Everest from Kalapathar
  • Tengboche Monastery in Everest Panorama Trek
  • Hiking on Snow

Everest Base Camp Budget Trek

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Difficulty Level
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Trip Duration

14 Days

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Trip Budget

USD 1150

Everest Base Camp Budget Trek

Everest Base Camp Budget trip is for you who want to do somehow cheap but the route is same Everest Base Camp. All the hotel and restaurant for accommodation and meals are the same as Everest Base Camp trek.

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  • Start From: Kathmandu
  • Finish At: Kathmandu
  • Countries: Nepal
  • Destination: Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar
  • Max. Altitude:5555m
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  • Trip Code: ATAH-OT1
  • Group size: Minimum One
  • Activities : 11 nights Trekking, 2 nights in Kathmandu included


Everest Base Camp Budget trip is for you who want to do somehow cheap but the route is same Everest Base Camp. All the hotel and restaurant for accommodation and meals are the same as Everest Base Camp trek. However, the trek does not include the meals. The trip begins after the scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m). The distance of Everest Base Camp from Lukla is 65km. Lukla is a town of small market and lodges. After the short tea break journey turns off to Phakding (2610m), a bit lower altitude at the bank of Dudhkoshi river.

The day of Phakding to Namche is quite long and also tough day because of getting altitude with long walking. En route of Everest Base Camp, we can see several Mani walls with Tibetan scripts and prayer flags, where the Tibetan prayers were graved.

The journey of Everest Base Camp for the 12 days spends with exploring the Sherpa settlement, bazaar, museum, monastery. And finally, reach the Everest Base Camp (5364m). Namche bazaar is the main entrance of Everest and also the trading town of the regions. On the day hiking from Namche, we visit Syanboche which is the highest airport in the world. Tengboche is very popular for the monastery, this is one of the oldest monasteries in Nepal. Making noise, enter in shorts and offensive clothes is strictly prohibited. This is an only one building, that can see from the summit of Mt. Everest.

Visiting Pangboche, Dingboche valley gives the grand feeling of Sherpa and sherpa culture. And hiking to Nagarsang Hill (5,090m) or trekking to Chhukung not only acclimatize the altitude also offer the magnificent views of Himalaya. Not, only this climb up Kalapathar in morning to catch the Sunrise view over the Mt. Everest, explore the Everest Base Camp, take some memorable photos is the central highlights of this trek.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01
    Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m)

    Our airport representative welcomes you at airport and transfer to the hotel in a private tourist vehicle.

    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 02
    Fly to Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m) - 3 hrs

    Early get up and get ready for Everest Trek. Your trekking staffs will arrive at the hotel lobby as per ticket time. The scenic flight takes 35-40 minutes to land on Tenzing-Hillary airport at Lukla. Upon your arrival in Airport, the guide will introduce with the porters and gives the short brief about the mountains, cultures, and rules and regulations.  After a short tea break, you will move towards Phakding. Phakding is a lunch place and also the overnight camp. After lunch walk around the Phakding and explore the monastery.

    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 03
    Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441m) - 6 hrs

    Your journey to Everest begins after the breakfast at Phakding. The leading trail on the bank of river Dudhkoshi, which goes up to the highest suspension bridge in the region.  Several times crossing the bridge, encountering with yaks are common for this day.  About 3 hours walking from Phakding you will stop for delicious lunch at Jorsalley with stumbling musical sound of Dudhkoshi. A tough steep climb to the bridge, and again continuing reach Top Dada. From where you can see the first view of Everest (weather permitted). And finally, reach check post of Namche Bazaar.

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 04
    Namche Bazaar acclimatization day

    The altitude is gradually up so today is a acclimatize day. During the day you will hike up to Syangboche Airport (3,720m) which is claimed highest airport in the world. And also visit the museum belongs to Sherpa cultural and Mt. Expedition history of Mr. Tenzing Norge and Edmund Hilary.

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 05
    Trek to the Tengboche Monastery (3,860m) - 5 hrs

    Continuing journey of Everest Base Camp is led toward Tengboche. Tengboche is a hill station, where a monastery is located which is one of the highest monasteries. And it is only a monastery which can be seen from the top of Mt. Everest without any accessories such as binoculars, telescope. The monastery is decorated with a twenty feet sculpture of Lord Buddha, musical instruments, and the gowns of Lamas.  The guide will take you to watch the prayer ceremony, and it is strictly prohibited to enter the monastery with shorts, and making noise.

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 06
    Trek to Dingboche (4,350m) -6 hrs

    After breakfast, our journey of Everest Base Camp again starts. Today needs to reach Dingboche valley, a traditional sherpa settlement. First, descend to Dibuche throughout the thick rhododendron forest and cross the small river, from Island Peak and Everest glaciers. Somare is the lunch place for today which is just after the lower Pangboche village. Then continue to Dingboche it takes about 3 hours. The distance of Himalaya will closer when reaching Dingboche and additional more peaks can be seen such as Bruntse, Island Peak etc.

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 07
    Hike up to Nagarsang Hill (5090m) and Trek back to Dingboche (4,350m) - 4.5 hrs

    Again today is the rest day. It is acclimatization day rather than rest day, because after breakfast heads off to Nagarsang Hill or Chhukung Ri to acclimatize the body and return to the guesthouse, have a lunch and just walk around the valley. Nagarsang ( 5090m) is a hill top and also the viewpoint. From where can see the beautiful glacier lake on the lap of Mt. Amadablam, Cholaste Glacier lake etc. However, Chhukung Ri (5546m) also the viewpoint for lakes and glaciers.

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 08
    Trek to Lobuche (4,910m) - 5 hrs

    Lobuche is second last camp for Everest Base Camp. After breakfast in Dingboche starts to walk in grassland just over the Pheriche. Cross the Everest glacier river and check in Thukla. Stop at Thukla for Lunch. And steep climb up to Thukla Pass, which popular with the name of the memorial pass. This is a place where the people make a small stone memorial of those people who lost in Himalaya or swept by glaciers.

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 09
    Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) then back to Gorak Shep - 7 hrs

    Finally, finishes searching where is Everest Base Camp. The exciting morning begins the breakfast of Lobuche and heads off toward the Gorkhshep, stop of lunch, take a small day pack with some chocolates, dry food, drinking water and move to Everest Base Camp. The Path is over the Khumbu glaciers, it takes about 5 hours up and down. Enjoy the Base Camp and defeat the curiosity of Where is Everest base Camp?

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 10
    Hike up to Kalapattar (5,555m) early in the morning and trek down to Pheriche (4,200m) - 6 hrs

    Early morning get up and hike up to Kalapathar is quite difficult but to see the sunrise view from 5555m, must have to be ready. The guide will give you a wake-up call and takes you to the Kalapathar hill top. The view from Kalapather is persuaded to everyone, close up a glimpse of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Base Camp of Everest. After exploring then back to Gorakshep and continue to descend to Pheriche via Lobuche and Thukla. Again the Thukla is the lunch place. 

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 11
    Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441m) -7 hrs

    The descending trail reaches Namche via Pangboche and Tengboche. Phunki Thanga is a lunch place for today. After lunch steep climbs up Sanasa and continues flat way and get Namche at late afternoon. Enjoy the nights in Namche bazaar, celebration of Everest Base Camp Trek.

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 12
    Trek to Lukla (2,840m) - 6 hrs

    Ultimately, you will finish your eleven days trek of Everest Base Camp by reaching the Lukla. This is a day for exploring the town and celebrating the whole trip with all trekking staffs.

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 13
    Morning flight back to Kathmandu

    This morning you will flight out from Lukla. The guide transfers you to the hotel. In the remaining day, you can visit Ason, Indrachowk Bazaar yourself.

    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 14
    Transfer to the airport for your final flight departure

    The trip ends, your guide will pick you up from your hotel and drop to international airport.


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Trip Includes

  1. From and to Airport transfer to hotel on private tourist vehicle.
  2. Twin sharing accommodation 2 nights in a three star hotel in Kathmandu.
  3. Twin sharing accommodation 11 nights in available best guesthouses and lodges in the trek.
  4. Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu airfare with airport taxes for clients and guides.
  5. Ground transportation from and to Kathmandu on a private tourist vehicle.
  6. Apex the Asia Holiday provides English- speaking local guides and porters as per required. We assign one porter for every two clients. All our guides are licensed by the Ministry of Tourism, and have received high-altitude first-aid and eco-sustainability training.
  7. Accommodation, foods, insurance, salary, equipment and medicine for field staffs.
  8. Everest National Park trekking permits, temple and monument fees.
  9. All government taxes and official expenses.

Please Note:
If you need extra accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.The price is USD 60 per person per night for single room and USD 75 per night for double (twin sharing) room.

Trip Exclude

  1. International airfare
  2. Traveller’s insurance - mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges worth a minimum of USD 50,000 per person
  3. Nepal entry visa- you can get your visa upon arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry 30-day tourist visa can be obtained for USD 40 or equivalent. Similarly, a multiple-entry 90-day tourist visa costs USD 100. Please have 2 passport size photos and the amount in cash USD/Euro handy.
  4. Meal for whole treks and Kathmandu
  5. All drinks including bottled/ boiled water along the trekking route.
  6. Personal trekking gears/equipment.
  7. Tips for trekking staffs (Tipping is expected).
  8. Other expenses that are not listed on Price Include Section.

Equipment List

This is a section where you get the general idea equipment that you need in Everest Base Camp. The important and serious part of equipment selection depends on the trekking season, trekking days, and maximum altitude.

Trekkers personal goods such as money purse, cameras, cell phones and the cosmetic items that you need in day time, while you are hiking. Porter carries others your heavy equipment.

  1. Day Pack
  2. Duffel Bag
  3. Down jacket and sleeping bag
  4. Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  5. Baseball cap can protect your ear and neck from the sunlights.
  6. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears
  7. Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety
  8. UV protection glacier glasses with side shields and a hard-sided storage case. In high altitude automatically the atmosphere is thinner than low altitude so, the sunlights are quite strong in mountain, which affect our eyes. For those people who are wearing the prescription glasses, please requesting you to speaks with your doctor about the prescription glacier glasses.
  9. Headlamp: Headlamp is a one of the basic for you during the trek because treks are in mountain where not plenty of electricity is. Make sure to bring extra lithium batteries.


  1. A pair of liner synthetic/ woolen gloves for the mild days.
  2. A pair of heavy woolen gloves for morning and evening time.
  3. A pair shell gloves or mitts Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Core Body

  1. Two cotton t-shirts.
  2. A synthetic t-shirt.
  3. Two long sleeve polyesters, light colored shirts for sunny days. V-neck zipper provides additional venting options which are good for changing temperatures.
  4. A soft shell jacket, water resistant, with insulation, underarm ventilation zippers. Full front zipper is preferable for ventilation.
  5. A medium to heavy weight expedition down parka w/hood.
  6. For women two synthetic sports bras, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Three pairs nylon-hiking shorts, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton
  3. Two pair lightweight long underwear
  4. A pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferabl
  5. Two pair trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees.
  6. A pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best
  7. A pair cotton pants
  8. Especially for the women a full length skirt.


  1. At least four pair of liner socks, synthetic.
  2. Three pair heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks
  3. A pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail and also on lodges at the time of dinner.
  4. A pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Make sure the size and should have to be avoidable for blister.
  5. A pair light trekking shoes or sneakers to wear in and about camps or lodge
  6. Sandals are optional for the trek.

Medicine and First Aid

  1. Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  3. Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  4. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness


Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics.

Miscellaneous, but Important

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
  2. Airline ticket(s)
  3. Visa (if required and acquired in advance)
  4. Immunization record
  5. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money and passport
  6. Two water bottles one liter wide-mouth Nalgene and one insulator
  7. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  8. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its effectiveness over time
  9. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc


  1. A pair of adjustable trekking poles, this is great for downhill trek, and even it is listed in optional.
  2. Favorite snack foods, two pounds for maximum limits.
  3. Books and other devices for relax during the trek and rest time.
  4. For your records, camera, a DSLR, Go-Pro Cameras.
  5. Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
  6. A urination bottle for men and a pee funnel for woman, as you might want to void that chilly late night trip
  7. A small stainless steel thermos

The above list guides for you to buy the goods. There are so many options for you, they different brand and version, so it would be better to buy as per your experience. Most of the things are easily available in Kathmandu as well in cheap price.

Please Note:
The tight fighting clothing such as made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals. So if you find these items comfortable please kindly wear top of them.

Altitude Sickness Info

Acute Mountain Sickness may happen when the travellers rapidly up to the height of 3000m. Our itineraries are designed with rest days. Once when you arrived in high altitude, your acclimatization line will rise your body to start adjust. The commonly happened in altitude are shortness of breath, light headache, whereas the mountain sickness is quite different which involves the severe headache, vomiting etc.

The trained and expert guides will everyday advise you about your health conditions, requirements and altitude sickness while you are trekking, hiking and climbing. That’s why you should not be worry about the sickness. Also we would like to recommend you to meet your doctor, advisor before you start your travel.

Given some information helps you to get rid from the Acute Mountain Sickness.

There are three stages of altitude sickness and symptoms.

Normal AMS Symptoms
The given altitude symptoms may every trekkers will have experience but no worries these are common.

  1. Need more sleep than normal sleep time
  2. Occasional loss of hunger.
  3. Vivid, wild dreams especially at around 2500-3800 meters in altitude.
  4. Periodic breathing.
  5. Runny nose.
  6. Increasing urination while moving to/at higher altitudes (a good sign).
  7. Dizziness.

Minor symptoms
The trekkers when they entry on high Himalayan Valleys get mild AMS that your having symptoms. The symptoms to be altitude sickness at least you have given one indication.

  1. Hard to breath.
  2. Dizziness.
  3. Runny nose.
  4. Loss of hunger.
  5. Weakness.
  6. Nausea.
  7. Mild headache

What to do when Minor Symptoms does not stop?

  1. If the symptoms developing while walking, then stop and take relax, drink water. Drink frequently.
  2. If symptoms do not stop and developing continuously then stop take rest and drink water and take Diamox of 125 -250mg. Drink more water.
  3. If symptoms growing in the evening, take 125-250mg Diamox and drink plenty of fluids again.
  4. If symptoms partially go away but are still annoying it is safe to take another 250mg Diamox 6-8 hours later.
  5. If the symptoms continue getting worse then you have to descending for a few hours which is more merits than staying at the same altitude.

Serious AMS Symptoms
The given conditions are quite danger so descend immediately.

  1. Severe headache.
  2. Persistent vomiting and dizziness.
  3. Ataxia (loss of co-ordination, an inability to walk in a straight line, making the sufferer look drunk).
  4. Losing consciousness (inability to stay awake or understand instructions.
  5. Hallucinations.
  6. Liquid sounds in the lungs.
  7. Very persistent, sometimes watery, cough.
  8. Difficulty breathing.
  9. Rapid breathing or feeling breathless at rest.
  10. Coughing clear fluid, pink phlegm or blood (a very bad sign).
  11. Severe lethargy/fatigue.
  12. Marked blueness of face and lips.
  13. High resting heartbeat (over 130 beats per minute).
  14. Mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.

Dangerous cases of AMS

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

The brain swelling with the fluid is HACE. It involves disorientation, lethargy and nausea. Before attacking the HACE, patient will have the symptoms of fever, ataxia, photophobia, and rapid heartbeat. Unconsciousness and coma from HACE can be lead to death within 12-20hrs from the onsets of symptoms. In the initial phase of ataxia begin treatment with medication, oxygen and dexamethasone.

Normally, 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose, then 4mg every six hours, Diamox every 12 hours and 2-4 liters /minute oxygen. The patient must have to be descended.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

The condition, that buildup the fluid in the air sacs of lungs is HAPE. HAPE symptoms start progressively within 2-4 days in high altitude. Shortness of breath at rest, cough, weakness and chest tightness and at least two of; fast heart beat rate, wheezing heard in lungs, bluish appearance of the skin are the symptoms of HAPE. Descent to the lower altitude is needed if patient does not get better with oxygen. The Gamow Bag may be use to the lower altitude if a person is in the backcountry unable to descend immediately because of weather.

Prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

1. Plenty of acclimatization above 3500 meters.
2. Do not take sleeping pill, no alcohol and smoking
3. Drink more water (Boiled, mineral/ clean or treated) or any fluids – at least 4 litters per day.
4. Climb up high altitude and sleep at low altitude.
5. Never do trek/ travel without guide and porters
6. Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local, and guidebook.
7. Must have to decent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.

First Aid Kit
First aid kit is a basic list of common medicines.
1. Bandage for sprains
2. Plasters/Band-Aids
3. Iodine or water filter (optional)
4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters
5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts
6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
7. Aspirin/Paracetamol - general painkiller
8. Oral rehydration salts
9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (Norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
10.Anti-diarrhoea medication (antibiotic)
11. Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium - optional)
12.Antibiotic for Guardia or similar microbe or bacteria
13.Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness)
14.Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)
15.Gel hand cleaner.

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Trip Highlights

  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla
  • Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the heart of Himalaya.
  • Visiting Tengboche Monastery.
  • Remarkable views of Khumbu Ice fall.
  • Everest Base Camp and walking on the Khumbu glacier.
  • Set out the Hike up to Nagarsang Hill (5090m), Kalapathar(5555m).
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I have never thought of myself as a hiker or a trekker, but somehow, the idea of trekking through the Himalayas and venturing through Nepals and the worlds highest mountain seems exhilarating and almost out of reach. I did the trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in October 2013, and it was and still is one of the best experience in my life. We had Gyanu as our guide for the entire trip and not only has he been patient with a beginner trekker like myself, he explained and shared with us his cult Linda Nguyen
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