Most trekkers have a big dream to trek in Everest Region. This is the world-renowned trekking trail. 90% of the trekker wants to see Mount Everest Base Camp and Mount Everest from Kala Patthar. You can do Everest Base Camp Trek on a budget and luxurious way. To complete on a minimum budget, you must stay in the local lodge with basic facilities. In this article, we will talk about Everest Base Camp Trek luxuriously.
In Kathmandu, you can stay at four-star or five-star hotel accommodation. You can book hotel accommodation from booking dot com or other online booking systems. Or you can request a local travel agent or tour operator to book the hotel.
You can issue Kathmandu – Lukla flight ticket online, or if you want more luxury, you can book a helicopter flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Kathmandu to Lukla flight cost will be approximately USD 185, and the Helicopter cost will be approximately USD 500.
In Lukla, you can get a porter for the trek. If you need a guide, it would be better to take a guide from government-registered trekking companies like Peregrine Treks and Expedition Pvt Ltd. Government-authorised trekking will provide well-trained, experienced English-speaking guides.
After a short flight to Lukla, you need to walk approx 3-4 hours for Phakding or Monjo. You can stay at Yeti Mountain Home. Only this lodge is luxurious in the area. The cost will be approx US$ 150 for one person.
Similarly, the next day, you must walk approximately 5-6 hours to Namche. Also, there is Yeti Mountain Lodge, or you can get other luxurious lodges over there. It would help if you stayed at Namche for acclimatization.
After Namche, there is not any luxurious lodge-like yeti mountain home. It would help if you stayed at a standard lodge with basic facilities. However, most of the lodges have attached European-style toilets and hot showers.
Cost for Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek
The cost almost depends on your spending habit. However, you can make a budget of approximately US$ 4000 for this trek. This cost includes hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and trekking, meals in Kathmandu and trekking area, applicable local tax, trekking permits, guide, porter, tipping for guide and porter, domestic flight, transportation, etc.
You need to make a separate budget for international airfare, Nepal Visa Fee, bar and beverages, and all personal nature expenses like shopping, trekking gear, clothing, medicine, etc.
Required Trekking Gear
You do not need any special trekking gear for this Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek. Ear covering a hat, long sleeve t-shirts, windcheater, fleece jacket, Down Jacket, windproof trousers, trekking shoes, few pairs of shocks are enough for this trek. Please do not forget to carry a trekking pole, bag, water bottle, map, etc., for this trek.
Permits for the trek
You need two types of permits for the Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek. The first one is Sagarmatha National Park Permit and TIMS. You can get a permit from Monjo, and your trekking company will arrange TIMS for you. You must go to Nepal Tourism Board for the TIMS if you trek without company. Also, you need to pay local tax in Lukla.
Guide and Porter for the trek
You can do this trek without a guide and porter, but this is a risky task for you. You may get lost on the way, and nobody can’t predict the mountain’s weather. Similarly, you can get distinct knowledge about local culture, people, Himalayas from your guide.