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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.

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!

trip overview

Trip Code: BT - 164 Total Duration: 14 days
Destination: Everest Region Best Time: March - May & Sept - Dec
Trip Grade: Medium Group Size: 2 - 30
Max Elevation: 5545 Meters

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Arrival in Kathmandu

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.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)

No Meals Included

ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY DUE TO FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS:

The flights to Lukla and back are heavily dependent on weather conditions. As a result, flight being cancelled for one day, couple of days or for several days is a known phenomenon for flight companies in Nepal. In case we face such circumstances with your holiday plans in the Everest, we will be following a contingency plan and the plan would be as follows:

Day 2

In case your flight was cancelled on the previous day, we will attempt to board our flight on the second. This will be our second attempt to make that flight. In case we make it to Lukla on this day. We will follow our original itinerary from Lukla for the next 14 days.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

No Meals Included

Day 3

This will be the third and last attempt made to board your flight to Lukla. In case if you are not able to board the flight on this day as well, we would do our best to find an alternative. The best practiced alternative will be a helicopter to Lukla. The helicopter in a sharing basis will cost USD 500 per passenger. In case you take the Heli, you will be dropped in Lukla in around 45 minutes. In case we make it to Lukla on this day, we will still follow the original itinerary to Everest Base Camp and head back to catch our flight on the last day from Lukla.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

No Meals Included

Day 4

In case we had no luck on Day 3, we will no more wait for the flights or the weather to clear up and head towards Phaplu by road. Depending upon the package you select and the number of people in the Group, we will either take a private vehicle or a public jeep. The drive takes around 9 hours. This route to Everest Base camp was used by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first to scale Mt. Everest. It takes 4 days from here to join the main trail to the base camp. The trek joins the main trail in Monjo.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

No Meals Included

It is advised to have some extra days towards the end of the trip for the same reason. Flights might get called off for the same reason and you may have to wait for couple of days or more.

Trek Preparation and Shopping Day

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.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)

No Meals Included

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

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

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

No Meals Included

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

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

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

No Meals Included

Rest Day - Namche Bazar

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 Syangboche 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.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

No Meals Included

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

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.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

No Meals Included

Tengboche – Dingboche (70 m descent, 580m ascent)

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 6189 m, Peak 38 (7,591m) and Lhotse (8501 m), towards the right of Dingboche. We call it a day here and rest for the night.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

No Meals Included

Rest day - Dingboche

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 (8463 m). 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.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

No Meals Included

Dingboche – Lobuche (500m ascent)

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 Ama Dablam 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.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

No Meals Included

Lobuche – Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar/EBC – Gorakshep Ascent (650m, descent 385m)

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.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

No Meals Included

Gorakshep – Pheriche (200m ascent, descent 700+m)

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.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

No Meals Included

Pheriche – Namche (Ascent 400m and ascent 50+m)

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.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

No Meals Included

Namche – Lukla (Ascent 950m, descend 250m)

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.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

No Meals Included

Lukla – Kathmandu

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.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)

No Meals Included

cost includes

  • All government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Trekking Guide
  • All accommodations on the trails as per itineraries
  • 2 way flight ( to and from Lukla)
  • Certificate of trek Completion

cost excluded

  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, mineral water  etc)
  • Any kinds of Food
  • Porters
  • Tips for guide
  • Anything else that is not mentioned on what is included

Important Notes

  1. Please bring 2 passport sized photos to your joining meeting for your trekking permits.
  2. The minimum age for this trip is 15 at time of travel.

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