Everest Base Camp on a Budget

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Brief Itinerary

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Short on Time or Money?

If the answer is “yes”, then our 14-day budget Everest Base Camp Trek will fulfil your dream of achieving Base Camp without taking shortcuts on quality or safety. This itinerary includes 2 nights in Kathmandu and 11 nights in the mountains. Your acclimatisation schedule is never compromised on this trip and our world-class mountain safety protocols are rigidly adhered to.

Our budget Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate to challenging trekking adventure. You’ll experience the highest standard of facilities available with an extremely experienced team of guides and porters. The meals we provide are nutritious and plentiful. #noshortcuts is our mantra and because of this, we have a 100% safety record across every trip we run.

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View of Mt Everest from Kala Pattar

What people are saying

Reputation is everything when it comes to taking care of you in the mountains. Achieving your goal is one thing, but doing it safely and in style is how we roll. Here’s what some of our guests said about their Everest Base Camp Trek with us.

What a fantastic experience it was trekking with the TCS Nepal team. This is a tier one outfit on every level, particularly special because of the obvious respect and foundations this joint Australian/Nepalese operation is built on. The patience and support they offer you pre-trip is unparalleled. In the mountains, the number 1 priority is health, safety and wellbeing. All the fun shenanigans come after that. Experience, integrity and genuine goodwill from this team will make your trek climb or ski trip exactly what you need it to be. Recommend totally – and an extra star if you’re a solo travelling female.
Melinda Bruce
Everest Base Camp Trek – September 2017

“Fantastic trip organised to Everest Base Camp. Thank you to everyone involved, it will be remembered forever.”
Tim McGurk
Everest Base Camp Trek – September 2017

“I had the absolute pleasure of doing the Everest Circuit trip with the Trek Climb Ski Nepal team in December 2013. I can’t speak highly enough of the experience and five stars doesn’t do it justice. The whole trip couldn’t have been planned better and as for the trek itself, it truly is one of life’s great experiences – it seemed like every day you’d find yourself experiencing a new “once in a lifetime” moment.
Jeremy Scott
Everest Circuit Trek – December 2013

“The personal service provided right from my first contact with Nick, to Gyan ensuring my bags got to the right place at Kathmandu airport for my departure, is what makes Trek Climb Ski Nepal stand out. The combined experience, knowledge, passion and professionalism of your team made a trip to an unknown country – as a single female traveller – relaxed, enjoyable & memorable. This was for me the fulfilment of a lifelong dream and with your help, I have many special memories that will last a lifetime.”
Sonya Lovell
Everest Base Camp Trek – March 2010

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Day 1
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport and be transferred by our staff to your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu. Welcome briefing and final preparations. Dinner with your trip leaders. Overnight in Kathmandu (1340m).

Day 2
Our staff will be meet you very early this morning and then transfer you to the domestic terminal at the Kathmandu International Airport. Any luggage or personal possessions you won’t need during your Everest Base Camp Trek will be able to be stored (free of charge) at your hotel. They will be waiting for you when you return. After an extremely interesting and hectic check-in procedure, you’ll enjoy an incredible mountain flight to Lukla. Here your Everest Base Camp Trek truly begins! You’ll enjoy a hearty Sherpa breakfast at Namaste Lodge then commence your trek to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding (2600m).

Day 3
Today is a longer day on the trail as we start early for Namche Bazaar. After crossing the final suspension bridge above the Dudh Kosi (river), we begin up the famous Namche hill. If the weather is clear you’ll get to enjoy some brief views of Mt Everest en route. It’s a solid “up” to Namche but the rewards are great. Here we’ll spend 2 nights at the Namche Hotel which is home to the finest food and hospitality in the Khumbu. Our hosts Ang Maya and Dorje Sherpa have been looking after us for years and our time at the Namche Hotel is a real highlight. Overnight in Namche Bazaar (3440m).

Day 4
Today is an important acclimatisation day for us in and around Namche Bazaar given we’ve now crossed the 3000m mark. We’ll set off for an early morning walk up to the Everest View Hotel for stunning traditional views of Mt Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. An hour or so here at 3800m will really help us with our acclimatisation to come. We’ll also visit the Namche Bazaar Monastery and receive a blessing from the Buddhist Lama. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the local markets, bakeries and shops in Namche which is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Overnight in Namche Bazaar (3440m).

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Day 5
Today we leave Namche Bazaar and we trek to Deboche via Thyangboche. We’ll explore the famous Thyangboche Monastery (and the famous Thyangboche bakery!) en route to Deboche. Overnight in Deboche (3710m).

Days 6 & 7
Slowly ascend further up valley to Dingboche (4410m). Dingboche sits at the base of Ama Dablam and from here you’ll take in stunning views of Lhotse and Island Peak. You’ll enjoy a well-earned rest and acclimatisation day in Dingboche.

Day 8
Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m). Overnight in Lobuche, right next to the magnificent Khumbu Glacier – the world’s highest glacier. Lobuche is our second last overnight stop before reaching Everest Base Camp.

Day 9
From Lobuche we trek alongside the incredible Khumbu glacier as we make our way to Gorak Shep (5140m). We arrive in Gorak Shep and enjoy an early lunch. After lunch we set-off for Everest Base Camp. At a nice casual pace, the trip takes around 3 hours so you’ll have plenty of time for photos along the way. You’ll marvel at the stunning (and deadly) Khumbu Icefall and feel an overwhelming sense of achievement having reached Everest Base Camp. After the obligatory high-fives, we’ll trek back to Gorak Shep for a big dinner and a final night above 5000m. Overnight in Gorak Shep (5140m).

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Day 10
An early start is planned for those keen to ascend Kala Pattar (5550m). Setting off at around 4.30 am will see us reach the top in time to witness a magnificent sunrise over Mt Everest and Nuptse. This is a true highlight of this journey and weather permitting is not to be missed. We then head back down to Gorak Shep for breakfast before setting off for Lobuche. Lunch today will be at Lobuche and then we’ll continue the easy trek down valley to Pheriche (4371m). Overnight at Pheriche.

Day 11
From Pheriche we continue back through Pangboche and Tengboche. We follow the trail down to the valley floor then weave our way back up and take a short break at Sanasa. From Sanasa we continue on to Namche Bazaar and are excited to be having another night at the Namche Hotel. Overnight at Namche Bazaar (3440m).

Day 12
Today is a fantastic downhill day and an early start gets us out before the yak trains start kicking up the dust. With our acclimatised bodies we power on down the Namche Hill and motor alongside the Dudh Kosi river. We notice all the fresh and clean people passing us preparing to head up the Namche Hill and beyond. It feels like only yesterday that that was us. It’s a great day to cruise and the magnitude of our achievement over the past two weeks is beginning to resonate. We enjoy a final day walking with our Sherpa guides and porters that have become our friends. At Lukla, we enjoy a great celebration to the end of our trip with all our guides and porters. We stay at Namaste Lodge and our hosts – Kami Sherpa and his family – will have the food, drinks and music flowing all night. Our final night parties at Namaste Lodge have become the stuff of legend! Overnight at Lukla (2800m).

Day 13
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and re-check into your hotel. Give the hot showers a solid workout and enjoy a great final day and evening in Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu (1340m).

Day 14
Trip concludes and all guests will be conveyed to Kathmandu International Airport to meet their respective international flights.

What's included

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2 nights accommodation at Hotel Manang in Kathmandu

All ground transfers in Nepal

Return fixed-wing flights from Kathmandu to Lukla (includes taxes)

National Park entrance fees and trekking permits

All meals while trekking (12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners)

All lodge accommodation while trekking

Experienced leaders and guides

Porters to carry all personal and group equipment

Porter’s insurance

Emergency medical kit

Down jacket and down sleeping bag

Complimentary Trek Climb Ski Nepal kit bag

All Nepalese tourist taxes and fees


Tips for porters and guides are NOT included (allow approximately $150)

Accomm + meals

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Our budget Everest Base Camp Trek includes 2 nights at the Hotel Manang in Kathmandu. While trekking in the mountains, you will stay in the best lodges along the route.

This trip includes 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners while you are on trek in the mountains. Morning and afternoon tea is also provided each day you are trekking. Unlimited safe (thoroughly boiled) drinking water is also provided each day you are in the mountains.

Meals in the Everest region of Nepal are not cheap. If you were to purchase your own meals from the lodges we stay at on this trek, your total food cost would be close to AUD $750.

We proudly employ an all you can eat food and fluids policy on all our trips. Proper food intake and regular hydration are critical to safe altitude acclimatisation. In our opinion, trekking companies that leave food decisions and the purchase of food for their clients to manage (when trekking at altitude) are grossly irresponsible. Trekking companies often do this because it enables them to advertise a much lower (but unrealistic) trip price. Be sure to choose a tour operator that includes all your meals and safe drinking water in your trip price.

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Sep 19 – Oct 2, 2020 Closed
Nov 21 – Dec 4, 2020 Closed
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