What is the right cost to climb Everest Base Camp Trek? - Himalayan Glacier

What is the right cost to climb Everest Base Camp Trek?

What is the right cost to climb Everest Base Camp Trek?

How much does it cost to climb Mount Everest Base Camp? Well, if there is an answer to this uncertainty, the cost to trek Everest Base Camp varies depending on the standard and service provided by different outfitters. Mount Everest tours cost is primarily based on the requirement of an individual hiker, so a direct conclusion cannot be drawn to offer some flat rates. Trekking in Nepal cost ranges from low-priced trips to very costly luxury climbs excluding the cost of international flights. We will try to explain all about Everest Base Camp Trekking cost and those factors that bring about the difference in prices offered by different operators around the world.

Facts and figures on Everest Base Camp Prices and Costs

The rule of thumb is that when something costs more, it is more likely that the thing is made from high quality materials or the labor cost is high, ultimately making it a superior quality product. Likewise, one can acquire the highest quality product because he or she can afford to do so. In the end, it is the consumer who decides the eventual quality of a product.

Now, when we talk about Everest Base Camp trek cost, there are people who look for cheap trips. Also, there are people looking for mid-range cost and a few who wish to have the best Everest Base Camp Trek experience and ready to pay high prices. No matter what price they spend for the trip, the delightful views of Everest are surely going to fascinate them. On the present context, there are hundreds of local and international travel agencies who operate the EBC trek. However extensive your choices may be, it is a sorry sight that there aren’t a good number of trustworthy operators around you.

The cost of Everest Base Camp Trek offered by the erratic Everest operators may seem a good deal at first, but it is really critical who you choose to climb with, to add to your success and overall experience story. Leaving behind all the insignificant and defective companies, you will have a handful of quality service providers who will take you to the base of the world’s tallest mountain exactly in the same way that you long fancied. Whichever way you wish to travel, we highly recommend purchasing your travel insurance in your home country whether your trek consists of 16, 14 or 12 days.

The one thing trekkers need to know is that they must not decide to climb Everest Base Camp based only on the cost of the trip. Yes, price should be considered as one of the components while deciding your overall trip. It should be very clear that high-altitude trekking is not a place to haggle for a cheap deal nor it is a place to pay more than required. The ultimate thing that you are looking for is high-quality services on the trip, at a sensible price.

The Cost for EBC Trek

The cost for Everest Base Camp Trekking is Himalayan Glacier Adventure & Travel Company’s one of the best reasons for recording 98% successful and safe climbing and trekking to the Everest Base Camp.

The cost analysis presented below is an approximate estimate what various international luxury operators and mid-range operators are actually spending on account of your trip. The only inevitable price to be paid for all standards of travelers is the Kathmandu to Lukla flight cost.

To know the fairly accurate Everest Base Camp Trekking cost, you can calculate the below split cost and then compare with other budget international operators. It is sad that most of the local operators based in Kathmandu do not pay the right wages to the staff. To cut down cost, they deploy fresh and inexperienced staff and provide very limited menu with no provision of drinking water on the trek. They use very cheap tea houses
without sleeping bags and hot showers, to spend the nights. Also, they do not provide assistant guides when the number of trekkers in a group exceeds three. With very little resources, these ‘laptop companies’ which operate without office workplace or workforce, their operational and administration cost is almost negligible.

1. Kathmandu Costs:

The cost in Kathmandu includes airport transfers, hotel accommodation, and sightseeing of the temple city. You can cut down your trip cost by selecting your level of hotels that range from 10$ bed economy hotel to 5-star Marriot or luxury Heritage hotel costing US$450 plus per night. On your spare day, you may or may not want to include the day tour which costs around US$60 to US$120 depending on the services that you choose.

2. Trekking Cost:

The significant expenses on the trekking include round trip flights to Lukla, guide cost, assistant guide and porter cost, staff flight round trip, meals and accommodation, airport transfer and trekking permit cost. The domestic airport transfers cost US$ 20 per person while flying to Lukla round trip costs US$ 400 per person. The cost for staff flight round trip is US$ 100 per person and the trekking permit will cost US$ 50 per person. There is no need for a TIMS card with the introduction of a new permit system implemented in the Everest region. The cost of a local guide is US$ 25 per day for a group and for an assistant guide it is US$ 20 per day.

When a group comprises 3 or more persons, we provide an assistant guide which we consider to be very important. In case a participant gets sick during the trip, the assistant guide will take care of him while the other participants will move ahead with the trip. Porter wages amount to US$ 19 per day for up to two climbers. Food costs will come to around US$ 40 per day. Food is a big part of the trek – healthy food always gives you the
required energy to stay fit during the trip. There is no limitation for food beginning from morning tea to a 4-course dinner after a long and tiring hike. Accommodation costs in the mountain teahouses are around US$ 20 per night on a twin-sharing basis.

3. Value Added Tax: 13% of services

A value-added tax (VAT), also known as goods and service tax (GST) in some countries, is a type of general consumption tax that is levied on the price of products and services at every point of sale where value has been added. It is commonly expressed as percentage of the total cost of a product or service. The government of Nepal charges a 13% VAT to all Everest Base Camp operators.

Now, if you add up all the costs as mentioned above, it is possible to guesstimate the nearest figure required for funding your Everest Base Camp climb. The total amount may certainly seem hefty, but it is definitely economical than the ridiculously overpriced price tags offered by the so-called big players. It is high time to rethink and ask why some recognized companies are charging exorbitantly high prices instead of being
gratified with our cut-rate costs. We have been often asked by customers like you as to how we have been able to charge thousands of dollars lesser than the luxury operators. Also, we have been asked as to why we are charging higher than the cheap operators. To explain it all to you, we must look at the facts on the current adventure market offered by various operators worldwide.

Different Operator

Let’s dive deep into the reality and find out why the prices offered by different companies are different. This page is definitely going to educate thousands of Everest trek lovers and other nature and adventure lovers. It is going to help them in picking up the right agencies based on prices and services. We have categorized trek operators based on their location, services, price, professional experience and efficiency.

Let’s take a look at the different types of operators on Everest Base Camp.

  • Luxury International Everest Base Camp Operators

Get out of the assumption that high-priced operators always provide the best of the services for the money you pay.

Only because some agencies charge more money, it cannot be drawn as a conclusion that these companies are better than others. They deliver surprisingly high success rates better safety benchmarks, and extra luxury, eventually taking advantage and cashing out the extra dollars from you.

Do not get the wrong impression and be deceived. It is an astonishing fact that some agencies shell out a huge amount of money as much as US$ 4000, $5600 or even more than $6000 per person on standard itineraries. However, it does not cost a fortune to climb Everest Base Camp. There is indeed no validation for the extremely high prices and the extra premium that you pay does not necessarily promise the best experience. All the extra payment goes directly into the luxury operator’s bank account.

By and large, most of the pricey operators are large international companies that do not give attention just to Everest Base camp but also to other destinations worldwide. Some of these agencies employ foreign guides to build up an impression, but if you ask yourself, who do you think knows the mountain better? A company that runs only a few climbs in a year or dedicated professionals such as Himalayan Glacier Adventure &
Travel Company® who organize and run more than 200 climbs to the Everest Base camp per year and have their own operational office in Kathmandu?

By and large, most of the pricey operators are large international companies that do not give attention just to Everest Base camp but also to other destinations worldwide. Some of these agencies employ foreign guides to build up an impression, but if you ask yourself, who do you think knows the mountain better? A company that runs only a few climbs in a year or dedicated professionals such as Himalayan Glacier Adventure &
Travel Company® who organize and run more than 200 climbs to the Everest Base camp per year and have their own operational office in Kathmandu?

So, who is your pick? A foreign guide who is supposedly flown to Kathmandu for a number of climbs per year? Or a native guide who has faced and overcome countless state of affairs in the mountain accompanying hundreds of climbers in over 20 years of their service? Who do you think can better evaluate the trail conditions, weather forecasts and their clients’ abilities? And who is more familiar with the wildlife, geography, flora, culture and tradition of the Everest region?

It is worth remembering that the treats provided by the luxury operators can be really stupid and impractical. Except for an international trekking guide, Himalayan Glacier provides exactly the same services as provided by these high-priced operators. Then, why pay those extra thousands of dollars to them when we are nothing less in terms of service standards and authentic experience of Sherpa culture and traditions? Luxury operators provide excellent services including flight costs, but we believe that we personalize local experiences in better ways!

  • Budget International Everest Base Camp Operators

Budget tour operators, in contradiction to their category, turns out to be expensive at the end of your Everest Base Camp trek. These operators have multiple trip dates and most of their targeted clients are a younger group of travelers below the age of 40 years. They hire a third-party firm or a destination management company (DMC) to provide professional services for organizing trips out of their own country. Doing so, they will tote up their profit margin of 10 – 15% in the trip cost. As much as possible, these operators will use the cheapest resources, use local guides and offer limited services. They won’t include any airport transfers in the trip cost. They will use budget guest house with limited amenities and no breakfast. No domestic flight ticket will be included in the EBC trek cost – they won’t provide paperwork assistance, local guide and limited porter services. While in the mountains, they will provide the cheapest teahouses without any meals during the entire trek.

Talking about the prices offered by most budget operators, it ranges anywhere from US$1300 per person during off-seasons and US$ 1900 per person during peak seasons. This is only the bare price without any inclusions like airport transfers, basic hotels or meals. Adding up the costs of domestic flight, airport transfer, Kathmandu hotel, food and accommodation in the mountains, you will be actually spending quite a high price, although it initially seemed easy on the pocket. Instead of paying each day for your food and accommodation and computing your daily expenses and distressing yourself, it is much better if you opt to plan a trip with Himalayan Glacier and stay back, relax and just experience the mountain life and its people, while we organize everything for you.

WHY AVOID CHEAP OR BUDGET OPERATORS AND CHOOSE A
RESPONSIBLE & COMMITTED EVEREST SPECIALIST?

HERE’S WHAT OUR HAPPY CLIENT HAS TO SAY ON EBC TREK.

“Confirm that your trip is guaranteed to run before you actually pay

“I was sad and heart-broken when I was informed that my trip had been cancelled because there were no sufficient participants to fill up the minimum requirement. I had formerly booked a climb to the Everest Base Camp with a substandard company and paid a lot of money for my trip. I had literally spent quite a lot of money preparing for the trip including my passport and visa documentation, gears and equipment. Also, I was exercising regularly and getting myself ready for the historical walk in the land of the world’s tallest mountain and was already in a perfect mental state of mind. Hearing about the cancellation of my trip was the worst nightmare in my entire lifetime, until Himalayan Glacier came to my rescue and saved the trip of my dreams. I had almost given up my dream vacation when I stumbled upon this highly-committed and trustworthy adventure company.

Initially, I thought my trip would be cancelled again if a minimum number of people don’t book for the same trip. However, I was convinced when they reiterated that the trip would run even if I was the only person in the group. This commitment from them kept me revived and in high spirits. It was all luck that I got to enjoy the leadership and guidance of such a meticulous operator like Himalayan Glacier. They are incredibly the best people with adequate knowledge and professional hands when dealing in the Everest region of Nepal. They lived up to all their promises. It was a fabulous journey right from the moment when I was picked from the airport till the moment when I was bade goodbye before I departed back home. Thank you Himalayan Glacier – you have an extraordinary team of crew members who really are worth the appreciation. This trip will be etched in my memory forever. I’m really glad that my original trip got cancelled and got the opportunity to meet you guys.”

Vivian B.
Newark, NJ

  • Cheap Everest Base Camp Operators

When going for the Everest Base Camp Trek, it is always a sensible resolution to stay away from the cheap or low-budget operators, as long as you wish to complete your journey without any cause of stress and irritation. Cheap operators could be unqualified, unsafe and extremely disastrous holiday-makers. Everybody wants to save their money as much as possible, but saving money does not necessarily mean always buying the cheapest product. At exceptional times, the quality of the product you purchase also matters and brings about a life-changing experience. Sometimes, a product that costs slightly more will last longer thereby increasing its value as well. In general terms, the cheap Everest Base Camp operators are usually the online travel agents (OTA) and the local operators.

  • Online Travel Agents (OTA)

The OTA are merely deal makers who charge a trouble-free 12-20 % of the trip cost on each booking. These agents receive a huge cut by keeping a very low price and considerably reducing the much-needed services for trekking and climbing trips. Their offers begin from US$ 700 and goes up to US$ 1100 and perhaps it is their only bait to attract clients. You should remember that buying trekking or climbing expedition packages is not a joke and it requires a lot of attention against a number of risks involved. Lookout whether the company is highly experienced and have proficient team members. Also, find out about the food, comfort level and the operational expertise of the operator, which at last makes an apparent difference to your entire trip.

Although the OTA may make quick profits by keeping their costs low, satisfactory services by them cannot be guaranteed, at least without missing out on indispensable expenditures. The under-priced operators always manipulate the entire supply chain and push the tourism industry further into irresponsible and unsustainable practices.

  • Local Operators

Lots of local operators and ‘laptop-companies’ have mushroomed in Kathmandu in recent years. Some of these operators have gotten themselves registered while some haven’t and yes, they do not always have fixed offers. They check out with other budget offers and compete in the market accordingly. Unless clients do not ask for some add-on services, they are reluctant to offer it upfront. Considered as bread-and-butter companies, their prices range from US$ 700 to US$ 1300 per person. While this may be a widespread scenario, some companies offer relatively all-inclusive-land-only packages ranging from US$ 1800 to US$ 2200 per person.

It has to be pinpointed here that the OTA and Local Operators in Kathmandu are mostly the low-budget operators. Most of them are either not legitimately established or registered with the tourism department. They are defectively-run companies managing their clients just on their iPhones or laptops without having even a physical office space or permanent staffs. They use low prices to attract clients and always hire freelance seasonal guides to keep their operation cost as low as possible. These OTA and Local Operators compete with each other on their prices that have evidently resulted in hazardous situations on the mountains. As mentioned earlier, reduction in trip cost is not guaranteed to provide gratifying services to the clients without leaving out on the most essential expenditures. Thus, it is very obvious that lowering the cost of a trip will certainly not meet the requirements of a safe and successful trek in the Everest.

 

BUDGET OPERATOR……….. IS YOUR MONEY IN SAFE HANDS?
HERE IS WHAT HAPPENS EACH TIME WITH BUDGET OPERATORS.

“Budget/Cheap Operators are nothing but swindlers. The first look of their website may allure you into deception.”

“The first time I visited Nepal and did Everest Base Camp Trekking was in 2017 and I paid US$ 2465 for a 16-day trek. Some of my friends were taken aback when I told them about how much I had spent. They disclosed to me that EBC treks were offered by budget operators for less than half the amount of what I had paid. So, during October 2019 I looked for a cheaper option and the agency which I had chosen offered me US$ 1225 for the same trek.

This time I had planned the trek along with three of my college-time friends. During initial talks with the agency, communication was prompt and I got all the information that I needed. While closing the deal, we were also offered a 5% discount as we were 4 persons, and the operator insisted us to pay US$ 1165 as an advance payment of 25%. We thought it to be a part of the process and didn’t hesitate to send the amount the next day itself. After sending the advance payment, it wasn’t the same treatment anymore. I wrote at least 20 emails to inquire about some important aspects of the upcoming trek, but they only replied after a week citing several reasons. When I informed them about the advance payment which I had sent, they straightaway denied receiving any amount and became furious instead. After this, they never responded to our emails nor received our phone calls and it was then time for us to be remorseful and pledge never ever to look out at those cheap or budget operators.

It was fortunate enough for us to have come across Himalayan Glacier right after all these happened. We even shared our ill-fated episode to them and they were so encouraging to us and promised to compensate our loss with a life-time experience. They did not even ask us for any advance payment, maybe because of what we had just gone through. We would like to recommend all our fellow traveler friends not to be deceived with the questionable promises of budget operators.”

Ralph Grinnell
Philadelphia, PA


Why low budget operators are bad choices?

Low budget operators often do everything inefficiently and not up to the expectation oftheir clients. From the numerous reasons, below mentioned are some of the main reasons as to why low budget operators are actually bad choices:

  • Substandard Guides:

The knowledge and efficiency of your guide on the Everest Base Camp Trek is an essential aspect in the safety and success of the trek of your lifetime. Low budget operators usually do not employ permanent staffs, so during the trekking seasons they hire freelancers who are novice in the field with meager experience, pitiful English language, little or no training at all, and a low take-home pay. You only know the capacity of a guide when things go wrong or an unseen crisis comes into sight in the mountains. The substandard guides hired by low budget operators are risky elements on an adventurous trip. The highly qualified and skillful guides, in the first place do not work for low budget operators. They prefer to be hired full time by the recognized andtop-notch trekking operators and remain active by leading small or large groups during climbing seasons.

  • No Safety Measures

When it comes to safety measures, most low budget operators do not have any approach or groundwork to practice high-altitude trekking with safety protocols. In addition to their professionally unskilled guides, they don’t even know the right techniques to use equipment such as the pulse oximeter used for identifying acute mountain sickness (AMS) or just visually spot the primary symptoms. These operators mostly do not have
sufficient back-up budget as deposits in case the need for air-ambulance arises. It is uncertain in the mountains for when an emergency may crop up due to injury or severe health issues demanding rescue with immediate evacuation. It was fortunate for some climbers in the past who booked their trips with other budget operators that Himalayan Glacier crew members were nearby to assist them when they became ill while their own
guides remained helpless.

  • Irregular Services

Low or budget operators can be very erratic and impulsive at most times. The main reason behind their unpredictable services to the clients is because they lack any standard operation procedures. No doubt, when a company does not follow a standard procedure, climbers will experience different experiences. Let’s consider that your friend had a very good time and a wonderful experience, there is no guarantee that you will have the same experience as your friend with budget operators. When you have a serious matter and ask these low budget operators about it, they are quite unsure about their answers and may respond saying, “We will face whatever comes our way, there is nothing to worry about.” Alas, it is not quite the anticipated response for your safe mountain walks. The difference with quality-operators is that they have set guidelines and standard operation procedures for every aspect of the climb making them consistent and reliable with their services.

  • Irresponsible Trekking

 When the low budget operators employ unskilled and inefficient guides or porters by paying low wages, it results in irresponsible trekking. These field staffs are untrained and have no knowledge about measures to conserve the environment. Instead of educating the climbers about being responsible while trekking, they are seen dropping litters and polluting the area. On the other hand, quality operators always focus on training their staff on significant aspects of safeguarding the environment. “Take only pictures, leave only footprints” is the maxim which the quality operators stick to so that the mountain areas can be preserved in their original appearance and lure climbers to come back again and again.

 

  • Unreliable and Misleading

Most of the low-budget operators cannot afford to pay high wages employing permanent staff members; therefore it is more likely to be run by a single person. These types of operators cannot be relied on and they could mislead climbers during the initial communication stage luring them with doubtful fantasies. How can a company be reliable and dependable when the owner is unsure about who will guide you during the climb?
Often, we have noticed various budget operators copying our website contents illegally. It is so deplorable to see that they copy word to word and are unaware to even make changes in the most significant areas such as the company name or the address. Enthusiastic climbers, however, are not in the know about the scandalous bootlegging and may often fall victim to the tricks. It is best for them to simply avoid low budget operators and find some recognized quality operators and stay hassle-free. For those who haven’t read the shocking stories on various travel platforms about people who have been ripped-off of their money, it is high time to stay alert about the hundreds of counterfeit budget Kathmandu companies. Numerous times in the past, we have helped many cheated clients resolve their shattered plans that they made with cheap operators. What is more dreadful is that even on the mountains, the guides and porters try to shell out some extra cash refusing to carry on without a god-knows-what-for extra payment. Quality operators, on the other hand, pay their staff with gratifying amounts so that they rebound to provide the best of services and earn a reputation for the company as well as for themselves.

  • Exploiting Porter Rights

Porters are considered to be the poorest people on the mountains and by going on trekking with low budget operators, it is straightaway ill-using them in a way. It is quite unfortunate that there are no budget operators on Everest that adhere to the pricing policies recommended by the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN). As cheap agencies do not pay deserving prices to the porters, they compromise and lower the
price for the clients instead, which is mere exploitation of the porters’ rights. Putting facts first, quality operators in no way negotiate with the wellbeing of their staff when trying to put up a trekking trip on sale. Himalayan Glacier and other top-notch operators pay the deserving wages, one amongst the highest, to their staff and are members of the International Porter Protection Group, an organization working for the safety of the
mountain porters.

In a nut shell, no one ever wants to spend more that what is realistic for the Everest Base Camp Trek. But, on the contrary, is it wise on your part to go along with the cheapest operators available? The answer is definitely a big NO! If you actually research about the working provisions of the guides and porters before deciding to climb with a low- budget operator, you may be startled to know the facts and figures. Who knows you may be unwittingly paying an undeserving agency for their unethical demeanors and for exploitation of the deprived ones.

So, one may wonder how is it possible for all those budget operators out there to keep their cost low. From the so many reasons, one considerable reason is their engagement in upsetting practices on the porters that are not kept abreast with their clients. The practices include under-payment, overload, inadequate food, improper shelter for sleeping, inappropriate clothing and equipment, and no opportunities for skill development trainingand promotion programs.

As a responsible traveler, you are also liable to make sure that your porters are paid right, made to carry the limited weight, provided proper sleeping shelters, fed well and have the right clothing and equipment for the climb.

SO, WHY HIMALAYAN GLACIER?

Himalayan Glacier Adventure and Travel Company® is a specialist outfitter dedicated to leading clients on Culture, Trekking and Climbing tours in the Himalayas for almost 3 decades now and with its own Operations Office and team in Kathmandu. The company is officially registered in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Northern Ireland, UK and Kathmandu Nepal and has been operating simultaneously in a professional way.

We are the #1 leader of Everest Base Camp guiding including Island Peak Climb, Mera Peak Climb, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Everest High Passes Trek, Everest Base Camp via Gokyo guiding and more. An ambitious father started the company decades ago in Kathmandu and now, his son recently joined the company. While the son manages the USA office, the father manages the entire Kathmandu office and makes sure that all the operation goes right.

We are not a luxury in terms of our price, but by the services that we offer. Our price for a standard package is US$ 215 per day per person during high seasons and US$ 180 per day per person during off-seasons including all land costs, fully personalized services and Kathmandu day tour. To top that, the package includes a welcome dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with authentic Nepalese cuisine and a farewell dinner after the
climbing trip.

This is our passion and has been our only business for few decades now. All our staff members have first-hand knowledge having climbed all the Himalayan Everest and Annapurna treks and climbs multiple times. All our trips are guaranteed to run regardless the number of climbers and the time of the year. Also, the price of our trips will remain the same despite the number of climbers booked. We know that climbing and trek to Everest Base Camp for you is rather a large investment. So, we always strive to make your planning and preparation as easy and hassle-free as possible right from the start.

We will never cancel your trip even if other members in your group cancel their trip. Even if you remain the single person in the group, your trip is guaranteed to run without any additional cost. We will not charge you an extra penny citing any excuses. Most of our clients are our loyal customers who have trekked and climbed in the Himalayas with us on several occasions since a long time. Due to the growing demand of our steadfast clients, we have extended our area of operation from 2020 in Tanzania for Kilimanjaro Climb, as well as other Asian Exotic destinations right from Mongolia in the north to Laos in the south.

 

 

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