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Everest Base Camp Trek by road
Everest Base Camp Trek by road
Everest Base Camp Trek by road

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Everest Base Camp Trek by road

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18 Days

Maximum altitude



Best Season
September, October, November, December, February to April



Start/End Point
Salleri/ Lukla

Trek Highlights

Explore the lifestyle of lower Solu Khumbu

Panoramic view of Everest and other peaks from Kalapattar (5545m)

Exciting mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Sherpa’s capital village, Namche Bazaar which is also the gateway to Mt. Everest

Scenic drive to Salleri via mountain highway

Explore the district headquarter of Everest region Salleri

Trek through the offbeat trail before reaching its regular main trail

Exploration of Rai, Sherpa people, and their culture

Exploration of the centuries of the monastery at Tengboche, Khumjung & Pangboche

Visit Sagarmatha national park museum

Step the foot of the world’s highest mountain base camp at 5364 meters

Trek Overview

Everest base camp trek by road brings you the cheapest and yet best alternate trek package. Although we have successfully been doing Everest base camp trekking so far, the budget trek is commercial to bring more trekkers to Nepal’s tourism industry. It is basically designed for backpackers, students, and adventure lovers. The idea of a budget Everest base camp trek offers you the same hospitality and satisfaction while meeting the most friendliness environment in the Khumbu region. It’s time you pack your bags and take the chance you ever wanted!

Budget Everest base camp trek highlights the step foot of the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest (8848 m) gets nearer than you could ever imagine. On the other hand, explore the land of Sherpas with cultural housings and tea houses in, Panghboche, and Dingboche. The trekking trail passes through a bank of Dudh Koshi valley high above the gorge and reaches Tengboche which is famous for its historic monastery. At this point, you can view Mt. Everest and some other towering peaks. Hence, the mountain gets very close just above your head as we reach the higher provinces. The region has various species of flowers including Rhododendron (the national flower of Nepal). Wild animals like Himalayan tahr, black bear, snow leopard, etc are found there. Historically believed to be Yeti was also seen in ancient times. Who knows if you will meet this abominable snowman eventually?


Budget Everest base camp trek has a few modifications that helped the package be budget-friendly. For an instant, we drive Kathmandu to Salleri instead of a flight to Lukla airport. It takes approximately 8 hours to reach while you could view a pleasant lifestyle in a lower part of Solukhumbu. The next day we start our journey with beautiful scenery leading towards the Takshindo monastery the hilltop from where we can see the Panoramic view of the Himalayas including Mt Everest and some other beautiful mountains. After the trail descends down towards the Dudh Koshi River which follows the Everest classic trail. Lastly, take the most relieving mountain flight while back to Kathmandu.

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Outline Itinerary


Arrival in Kathmandu International airport


Preparation of the Trek. Kathmandu City Tour


Drive Kathmandu to Khaorikharka /Thamdanda (2,326)


Trek Thamdanda to Phakding(2,610 m)


Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)


Rest in Namche Bazaar


Namche Bazaar to Tengboche


Tengboche to Dingboche(4260m/13972ft)


Rest in Dingboche


Dingboche to Lobuche(4930m/16170ft)


Lobuche to Gorkhashep(5140m/16859ft)- Everest base camp (5364m/17594ft). Return back to the Gorakhashep


Gorkha shep to Kalapatter(5545m/18187ft). And down to the Pheruche(4230m/13874ft)


Pheruche to Namche Bazzar


Namche Bazaar to Chaurikharka


Chaurikharka to Thamdanda


Drive to Kathmandu


Extra day in Kathmandu.

Prices - Prices are per person and excluding all International flight.

Silver price:

US$ 1050.00 Per Person (Twin sharing)

1 Travelers
  • Airport  to hotel pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • One highly experienced mountain Guide and porters (1 porter for 2 people),
  • Accommodation food, drinks, salary, insurance, transportation of both trek guide and porters
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit)
  • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits
  • TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)
  • All additional government tax
  • Domestic flight both ways from Kathmandu/ Lukla/ Kathmandu with airport tax.
  • Gaurishnakar conservation area project entry permit Kathmandu to Salleri transportation by Public bus Lukla to Kathmandu airfare for guide and Porter.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (USD 25 for 15 days/ USD 40 for 30 days from the date of issue) (You may easily get Nepal visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu)
  • International airfare
  • Travelers insurance
  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during trekking
  • Accommodation in Mountain lodge run by local people during the trek
  • All kind of drinks (Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (Approx 10-12 USD)
  • Bar bills, telephone bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • Tips to guide and porter
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. Personal illness, strike etc.
  • Helicopter evacuation charge in case of emergency whilst trekking

Trek Map

Detailed Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu International airport'

Arrival in Kathmandu International airport. Transfer to hotel.

Kathmandu hotel
Orientation program
Welcome drinks
Kathmandu (1400m)

Preparation of the Trek. Kathmandu City Tour'

Preparation of the Trek. Kathmandu City Tour

city tour

Drive Kathmandu to Khaorikharka /Thamdanda (2,326) '

Drive Kathmandu to Lukla/Khaorikharka/Thamdanda (2,326) by Jeep 366.9 Kilometer Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner

Trek Thamdanda to Phakding(2,610 m)'

Trek Thamdanda to Phakding(2,610 m) – via Chaurikharka near Lukla Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)'

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m). 6h walking. O/n at Namche Bazaar in mountain lodge.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Namche Bazaar

Rest in Namche Bazaar'

Rest in Namche Bazaar / Excursion Namche Bazaar and Syangboche(3880m). Back to Namche Bazaar. O/n at Namche Bazaar in mountain lodge.

Mountain Lodge
Rest Day
Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar to Tengboche'

Namche Bazaar to Tengboche(3867m/12603ft). 7h walking. O/n at Mountain Lodge.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner

Tengboche to Dingboche(4260m/13972ft)'

Tengboche to Dingboche(4260m/13972ft). O/n at Mountain Lodge.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner

Rest in Dingboche'

Rest in Dingboche. Day excursion to Chukung Village.O/n at Mountain Lodge.

Mountain Lodge
Rest Day
Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner

Dingboche to Lobuche(4930m/16170ft)'

Dingboche to Lobuche(4930m/16170ft).O/n at Mountain Lodge.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Lobuche (4,910m)

Lobuche to Gorkhashep(5140m/16859ft)- Everest base camp (5364m/17594ft). Return back to the Gorakhashep'

Lobuche to Gorkhashep(5140m/16859ft)- Everest base camp (5364m/17594ft). Return back to the Gorakhashep. O/n at Mountain Lodge.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Everest Base Camp

Gorkha shep to Kalapatter(5545m/18187ft). And down to the Pheruche(4230m/13874ft)'

Gorkha shep to Kalapatter(5545m/18187ft). And down to the Pheruche(4230m/13874ft). O/n at Mountain Lodge.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Pheruchhe (4,288m)

Pheruche to Namche Bazzar'

Pheruche to Namche Bazzar. 8h walking. O/n at mountain lodge.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar to Chaurikharka'

Namche Bazaar to Chaurikharka. 8h walking. O/n at mountain lodge.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner

Chaurikharka to Thamdanda'

Chaurikharka to Thamdanda. O/n at Mountain Lodge

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner

Drive to Kathmandu'

Drive Khaorikharka/Thamdanda to Kathmandu by Jeep 366.9 Kilometer.

Kathmandu hotel

Preparation for Departure. Free day. Shopping.


Trek FAQs

You don't need to carry all your stuff which is not required for trekking. You can be left at your hotel or Himalayan Smile Treks office in Kathmandu. Nearly all hotels have a luggage deposit but we do not store clients valuables in our office. Also the hotel you will provide locker their you can store your valuables things. After you come back from trekking, we handover your luggage and other stuff to you.

We assign one of our officers to look after you, who constantly stay in touch with you during your stay in Nepal. We give you his mobile number. Or you may directly contact to our office number also.

In fact you don't need to be a mountaineer with rippling muscles to enjoy trekking. If you are reasonably fit, have a spirit of mountain journey and like walking, you are always qualified for any trekking in Nepal. You do not need any previous experience. However we suggest you some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking before you embark on journey.

If you're doing camping trek we offer standard meals as well as a vegetarian meal option. Just let us know if you want vegetarian meals when you book your trek. But we can't fulfill every trekkers requirement(i.e., dietary requirements or special meals ). Also tea house trekking you will get vegetarian meal. Please tell about your trekking guide about details of your food allergy.

If your solo trekkers we will provide you on single room in tea house. In peak season (October, November, December , March, April) you have to share room with a member of the same sex but it is rarely.

You will be served freshly cooked food during trekking. In all tea houses/ lodges along trekking trail Western, Continental and Nepali dishes are available. Three meals a day will be provided you in full board (Gold) package.

Up to a maximum of 5-6 hours a day with lunch breaks along the trail. The maximum altitude is depends upon which trek you are going. In Nepal normally the maximum altitude of most of the trekking falls between 3500m to 5000m.

To some trekkers when they go over 3000 m they may feel some affect of altitude sickness like shortness of breath and possibly a light headed which is fairly common. Sometime they may also get diarrhea as well as sprains and muscle aches. In such case our guide who is experienced in first aid treatment and high altitude sickness will advise you about any health requirements and also treat you. Altitude sickness is dangerous but it can be avoidable. If your follow a few simple rules you will not suffer from altitude sickness. Rules are trek slowly with your guide, drink at least two liters of water per day (not including beer or soft drinks), If you feel shortness of breath, a slight headache or dizziness, tell your guide and rest immediately. Lie down, drink water. If you are still feeling unwell you may consider going down a few hundred meters. Do not pretend you are okay, and do not go down alone. For further information of altitude sickness

You must disclose at the time of booking any medical condition that could affect your ability to do the Himalaya trekking. The Himalayan Smile Treks advise to do trek who has with heart conditions, knee problems, severe asthma or pregnant should not participate in the trek. The Himalayan Smile Treks could not be responsible in Himalaya trekking due to the lack of the medical facilities any problems due to your special dietary requirements or medical condition

There is no government restriction on the age limit for the Nepal trekking. If the trekkers children under the age of 8 years old and adults over 70 years old. The Himalayan Smile Treks recommend to hire an extra porter(our package price including one porter for two people).

In our trek packages one porter is including for two people. The one porter can carry 20-25 kg your luggage( per person 12 KG). If you're interested to hire extra porter we will recommend to hire in Lukla for Everest base camp trek. The porter cost approximately USD 15. If you want to hire a porter then please let us know at the time you make your trek booking. After Lukla it is very difficult to get porter. if your hire porter above the Lukla or Namche bazaar the porter cost USD 20 to 30 but they cannot always be reliable.

As general rule, it is hot enough during the days to wear an open-neck shirt with shorts and you will not be cold. During the evening, it gets cold so, long trousers and a warm jersey is essential.

Please consult your local doctor and follow his advice. However, if you are taking any particular medicines, it would be best to bring them with you.

There are trekking shops at Thamel, in Kathmandu, where you can easily rent or buy items like sleeping bags, down jackets, walking sticks, rucksacks, duffel bags and other equipments on reasonable price.

We will recommend you to rent or buy sleeping bags as low as -30 °C. This temperature is suitable for Everest base camp trekking(above 4000m). We will suggest to buy /rent sleeping bags and so you can try it out. Also you can rent /buy sleeping bag in Kathmandu trekking store.

If you are flying from a remote mountain airstrip like Lukla, Jomsom, Simikot, Taplejung and Dolpo, you should keep at least two spare days before your departure for home.

Trekking areas like Everest, Annapurna and Langtang, all most tea houses/ mountain lodges have telephone facilities. From there you can make international calls to your home and friends staying any part of the world.

Nepal is absolutely safe country to travel. Our staffs do take every precaution to ensure the comfort and safety of the trekkers. Before 2006 when Maoist movement was going on, there was a kind of fear in few trekking destinations. But today they have also come to peaceful political stream. So there is no more any fear and need to give donation for any party.

We offer you an experienced trekking guide. He is in charge of your overall trekking. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. He is well trained in all aspects of trekking, high altitude medicine, first aid and emergency procedure. He is selected in terms of his professionalism. Remember that trekking guides are local citizens and their English may be basic and limited to trek related topics. About porters, they carry your luggage. They are also local citizens. Normally one porter carries 20 to 25 kg of stuff. Normally we provide one porter for every two trekkers

Our group size is minimum 2 and maximum 12 however we will start trek from One people. We can organize trek according to customer requested date.

In Everest region trekking we offer you accommodation in tea house (mountain lodge). A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Around 5000 m trekking you don't need crampons but if you're going cross the high pass like Larkya la pass(5,235 m), Throng la Pass(5216 m) and Cho La Pass( 5,420 m) it is recommended. We will provide clean sleeping bag during the trekking.

Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them also available hot water for shower. The hot shower is bucket shower(not running hot shower) except Namche bazaar. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type of the western version.

In tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. In tea house your will get vegetarian food. Also we will recommend to eat Vegetarian food. Also in tea house has western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants

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