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Everest Base Camp Trek Cost from India

Expedition Teams pitching tents in the Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp Trek has become increasingly popular among Indians lately. As neighboring countries, Nepal and India share a cultural affinity, ease of access, and privileges on various services, even in the Everest Base Camp Trek.

Why is Everest Base Camp Trek Cheaper for Indians?

Flight waiting to take off in Lukla
Flight waiting to take off in Lukla

Compared to most other countries, the Everest Base Camp is much cheaper for Indians.  For starters, Indians don’t need a VISA to enter Nepal, and there are a bunch of ways to get to Kathmandu. If catching a flight is expensive, one can opt for land transport or even bring your own vehicle. Besides, OYO rooms and traveler hostels have made accommodation in Kathmandu very affordable.

In the Everest Base Camp Trek, Indians have an edge as the airfare prices and permit fees are lower by a third. Although the meal and accommodation prices are the same, the cost is significantly less.

Cost Breakdown of Everest Trek for Indian Trekkers Price in INR

Here’s your guide to planning your budget for a 13 Days Everest Base Camp Trek for an Indian.

Title

Total Cost

Permit- Khumbu Rural Municipality

INR 1250

Permit- Sagarmatha National Park

INR 1060

Flight- Kathmandu to Lukla (both ways)

INR 18,338 (9170*2)

Flight- Ramechhap to Lukla /with KTM-RHP transfer (both ways)

INR 17,650 (8823*2)

Hotel-Phakding/ Monjo

  INR 350  

Hotel- Namche Bazaar (2 nights)

INR 1300 (650*2)

Hotel- Tengboche/ Deboche

INR 350

Hotel- Dingboche / Pheriche (2 nights)

INR 700 (350*2)

Hotel- Lobuche

INR 450

Hotel- Gorakshep

INR 450

Hotel- Dingboche / Pheriche

INR 350

Hotel- Namche 

INR 650

Hotel- Lukla

INR 350

Meals- 12 days x ~INR 2000 per day

12 breakfasts/lunches/dinners with tea/ hot water

INR 24,000  

Total Cost if Everest Base Camp Trek

(Including two way flights, 12 days trek accommodation, permits and all meals)

INR  47,150

Notes:

  • All rooms are on twin sharing basis so room cost can be divided among two trekkers.
  • Hotel rates above are for basic rooms. Rooms with attached bathrooms cost INR 650 and above.
  • Read in detail about the Cost of Food, Drinks, and Water here.

Besides the basic expenses, The other costs you might want to know are:

Title

Cost 

Cost of Hiring a Porter

(includes accommodation and food, carries up to 30 kgs, shared by 2 people)

Daily wages:  INR 1250 

Tips: 15% of wages or higher

Cost of Hiring a Local Guide

(includes accommodation and food, carries upto 15 kgs)

Daily wages: INR 1565  

Guide Insurance: INR 1875

Tips: 15% of wages or higher

Hot Shower

INR 250 – 440

Battery Charging (per hour)

INR 95 – 315 

Everest Link Wifi Cards

INR 375/ INR 1250  [600 MB/10 GB]

Cost of Booking a Group Everest Base Camp Trek for Indians

A group pose before starting the Everest Base Camp Trek
A group pose before starting the Everest Base Camp Trek

Trekking with a group is for someone who has limited time to plan their trek and want to go on a well-planned trip. You’ll make a lot of friends and have help in case of emergencies.

However, the downside to it is the inflated cost and lack of flexibility. The departure dates and itineraries are fixed, and you don’t get to choose your services. A lot of times, the need to catch up with the pace of the group can also cause AMS as altitude acts differently on different people.

Companies like Thrillophilia and India Hikes are popular tour operators that run Everest Base Camp Trek for Indians.

Companies

Cost 

Inclusion and Exclusion

Thrillophilia

INR 42,500 

Includes: 2 nights stay in Kathmandu and 12 nights in the trek, Flights to and from Lukla, Sagarmatha National Park Permit, Guide, and shared porter.


Excludes: All Meals- Trek and Non trek, Khumbu Rural Municipality Permits, and personal expenses.

India Hikes

INR 59,650 + 5% 

GST)

Includes: Trek Accommodation Meals for 14 days on the trek, Trekking permits, and safety equipment, Trek Leader.


Excludes: Both way flights to and from Lukla, Porters, and personal expenses

Everest Base Camp Insurance for Indians

A helicopter flying in Khumbu
A helicopter flying in Khumbu

We cannot stress the importance of Insurance in Everest Base Camp Trek enough.

According to the research paper by CIWEC, over 30% to 40% of people who hike above 4000 meters in a period of 1 to 3 weeks get altitude illness. That’s because you will be sleeping at an altitude over 5000 meters where the oxygen is almost half than the sea level and not designed for a normal human body. Besides AMS, the other injuries like leg fracture, ankle sprain, slipping on the trails are a possibility. And in case of emergency, a helicopter evacuation costing up to INR 125,000 is your only way out in the Everest region. 

When you are looking for insurance service providers, make sure your travel insurance covers both for high altitude trekking up to 5500 meters and helicopter rescue. World Nomads is one of the most reliable Insurance Providers with complete coverage that most travelers use. Besides, Insurance provided by India hikes with Religare seems to be a good option for Indians at a very reasonable premium rate that covers medical emergencies and evacuations up to 6000 meters. The premium rate stars INR 120 per day.

Read in detail about altitude sickness and acclimatization here.

How can HoneyGuide help? 

You can book Hotel Rooms throughout the trails, Flights, and Local Guides/ Porters either together or independently through HoneyGuide’s website at the rates mentioned above.

If you have any questions, feel free to message Dakshina at honeybird@honeyguideapps.com or WhatsApp at +977-9843376717

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