Budget Everest Base Camp
Kathmandu, Nepal 12 nights from £1,149

Budget Everest Base Camp

Embark on an unforgettable guided trek to Everest Base Camp. Offering a more budget friendly alternative for intrepid hikers who want guided trekking in the footsteps of Everest summiteers.

  • 11 days trekking


Glaciers and Peaks

Glaciers and Peaks

Explore the imposing Khumbu glacier on the approach to Everest Base Camp.

Authentic trekking

Authentic trekking

Share the trail with yak, as experienced guides lead the way through the Himalaya.

Superb scenery

Superb scenery

Trek some of the most awe inspiring trails in the world, with incredible mountain views.


The trek to Everest Base Camp is one of the world’s great iconic walks. If you love walking, this has to be on your bucket list! This lodge-based trek follows faithfully in the footsteps of Edmund Hillary allowing plenty of time to acclimatise properly and enjoy the scenery.

The trek starts with the rollercoaster flight into Lukla, before following the spectacular Khumbu Valley to Everest Base Camp. A short climb to the top of Kala Pattar gives breath-taking views of the highest mountain on earth, before re-tracing steps back to Lukla.

Although this is the budget version, you get the same great guides, in fact the only things you do not get are food, private airport transfers and hotels in Kathmandu which you then arrange yourself. If you are looking for a really great trek but would like to save a little money on the extras this is a fantastic choice. 

Open and private treks are available, whether you prefer to join a group, or arrange the trip for a group of your own.

Route Highlights

  • Awe inspiring glaciers

    Follow a winding path through the icy formations of the Khumbu Glacier.

  • Towering mountains

    Explore scintillating views of the highest mountains on the planet.

  • Tea House accommodation

    Stay in traditional Tea House accommodation, the favoured choice of hikers for years.

  • Mountain
  • Forest
  • Superfit only
  • Solo
  • Groups
  • Couples

Degree of difficulty

  • Considered a difficult challenge, the Everest Base Camp trek requires a high level of fitness, in order to deal with the demands of hiking at high altitude for 5-6 hours a day, for almost two weeks of consecutive days on foot. 
  • Training for this trip is requisite, in order that participants are best prepared to deal with the challenge of hiking at high altitude. 

eating and drinking

  • Meals are not included in the cost of the challenge, Lodges along the route offer a wide choice of menus, from traditional Dhal Bhat to more sophisticated and western orientated choices. 
  • Budget around £20 to £25 per day for meals and drinks. 


  • Accommodation is taken in tea houses and lodges along the route. These offer hostel style accommodation, with running water, indoor toilets and electricity commonly available.
  • Where available, internet access and hot showers are available at an extra cost. 
  • The more remote accommodation offers a more rustic style of accommodation, with showers not always available. Personal sleeping kit will be needed in the more remote areas. 


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  • Dec

  • Transfers

Meeting point

Tribhuvan International Airport
Ring Rd

Getting to Kathmandu

  • Fly to Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. a number of airlines fly to Kathmandu from the UK, with connections in the Middle East, including Qatar, Gulf Air and Emirates. 
  • Layovers in the Middle East can be lengthy, Qatar Airlines usually offer the best options in terms of these connections. 
  • It's also possible to make a connection through New Delhi, with BA, Air India and Jet Airways offering flights, where connecting flights to Kathmandu are offered by Air India, IndiGo and Vistara.

  • Hill
  • Mountain
  • Forest
  • Lake
  • Minibus

Budget everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1 | Kathmandu

    Fly to Kathmandu, taking a private transfer to the hotel. Meet with representatives for a full pre-trek briefing.

  • Day 2 | Lukla to Phakding

    Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, a superb experience with incredible views over the Everest region. Meet with the crew upon arrival, starting the trek with a hike to Phakding.

  • Day 3 | Trek to Namche Bazaar

    Making multiple river crossings on the trail leading to Monjo, enter the Sagarmatha National Park, and weather permitting, the first glimpse of Mount Everest, en route to Namche Bazaar. 

  • Day 4 | Acclimatisation in Namche

    A day to explore Namche Bazaar, with a great selection of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. A great opportunity to acclimatise to the altitude, with a short trek to the Everest View Hotel.

  • Day 5 | Trek to Tengboche

    Follow valley trails, high above the Dudh Koshi. Enjoy incredible views of the surrounding peaks, passing through numerous villages and tea shops. Descend to Phunki Tenga to take lunch, before climbing to Tengboche, home to the largest monastery in the Khumbu.

  • Day 6 | Trek to Pheriche

    Descend from Tengboche, through a forest, crossing the Imja Khola, before climbing steadily to the village of Pangboche. Directly opposite Ama Dablam (6856m) the views of the towering peaks are superb. Continue from Pangboche for a further two hours trekking to reach Pheriche. 

  • Day 7 | Acclimatisation in Pheriche

    An acclimatisation day, with an opportunity to wander up the valley to the Tshola Tsho lake, and the imposing faces of Cholatse and Tawache. A climb to the ridge overlooking Dingboche, to enjoy superb views of the Imja valley and the south face of Lhotse (8516m). 

  • Day 8 | Trek to Lobuche

    Continue trekking in the shadow of the peaks of Cholatse and Tawache, climbing to the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. Take lunch at a tea house at Duglha, before following the trail that weaves through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine, en route to Lobuche. 

  • Day 9 | Everest Base Camp

    Follow the trail up the Khumbu Glacier, stopping for lunch at Gorak Shep, before continuing to Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5364m along a route which negotiates ice pinnacles and crevasses along the way. Return to Gorak Shep to overnight. 

  • Day 10 | Trek to Dingboche

    An early start to climb Kala Pattar at 5554m, an awe inspiring viewpoint with superb views of Mount Everest. Afternoon descent to Dingboche.

  • Day 11 | Trek to Namche

    Continuing the descent, follow the trail which falls away to the valley floor, walking alongside the river for a short while, before climbing through birch and rhododendron forests, crossing the Dudh Koshi, before arriving in Namche. 

  • Day 12 | Trek to Lukla

    The final day of trekking follows the Dudh Koshi, as the trail descends to Lukla. In Lukla, enjoy a farewell party with the porters and guides, with the chance to sample Nepalese Chang.

  • Day 13 | Fly to Kathmandu

    After breakfast, take a flight to Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation
  • Guides
  • Transfers


  • Domestic airport transfers
  • Return flight between Kathmandu and Lukla
  • National Park entry and TIMS fees
  • A fully supported trek with a qualified mountain guide
  • All drinking water on the trek
  • Teahouse accommodation whilst trekking, on a room only basis
  • Access to emergency oxygen and first aid kit

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Personal items
  • Travel insurance (must be insured specifically for treks up to 6000m)
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Personal medicines or prescriptions
  • Meals and drinks on the trek

  • Carbon offset
  • Plastic bottle free

This trip takes responsibility seriously and ‘goes the extra mile’ to ensure that your presence in this country is entirely positive.

Central to this is

  • Caring for the crew
  • Caring for the local environment
  • Caring for the local communities

All guides and partners are hand picked to ensure that every aspect of your trip operates to the highest standard and reflect the strong values, ethics and joy of travel.

This commitment to Responsible Travel is mutually beneficial without compromising the countries and communities touched or the depth and uniqueness of your adventure.

Key values of this trip

  • Leave nothing behind
  • We’re the visitors, let’s be respectful at all times
  • Deliver a breathtaking experience
  • Let’s benefit local communities and environments

Let’s help keep these wonderful places precious.

Porters and crew

All crew are paid proper wages and are treated with respect and dignity. This trip with IMEC, IPPG and KPAP, all not-for-profit organisations that focus on improving the working conditions of porters.

Friends of Conservation

Travellers are given the opportunity to mitigate some of the environmental impacts of flying by supporting community and conservation initiatives.

Travellers Against Plastic

This trip is a proud supporter of the Leave No Trace and Travellers Against Plastic campaigns, which help educate travellers on the impact of travel and provide practical guidance for enjoying the outdoors responsibly.

  • Age 18 & over
  • Between 2-10 in group
  • Private group option
  • ABTA
  • ATOL




Price per person (inc deposit)


All of the logistics we needed were in place and all of our travel arrangements worked flawlessly. We also had the entertaining Mikme, not as our "porter", but our support staff, as he liked to be called. We were lucky with the weather and were blessed with amazing views throughout our trek. | Arup

All staff from the UK office to the Kathmandu office and the porters and guide kept us up to date and were extremely helpful. Our guide Dil was brilliant - so knowledgeable and always cheerful bringing energy and morale to the group. All staff went above and beyond and I would highly recommend to anyone considering it! | Mary

Enquiries & bookings

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