Everest Base Camp Trek is undoubtedly the best trek in the world. Every year, in trekking season, thousands of trekkers from around the world navigate the popular trail that leads up to5,364 meters. It is estimated that more than 30,000 trekkers fly to Lukla and trek for days to get a glimpse of Everest from the base camp. And some trekkers brave the challenges of the trek in the low season.
Generally speaking, autumn and spring are the busiest seasons for trekking in Nepal. Trekkers in thousands fly into Nepal to trek for days, not only to enjoy the sight of breathtaking mountains but also to embrace the pleasant experience of sharing stories with local people, trying local food, and taking in the local culture. The weather is favorable, with a clear sky flaunting an awe-inspiring view of the Himalayas.
Similarly, monsoon and winter are the least favorite seasons for trekking in Nepal, also called off-season. Very few trekkers actually trek during these seasons. The unpredictable weather pattern and unfavorable situations are the two major reasons why trekkers avoid trekking in the low season. There is less chance of a clear day and clear sky; one may have to return without enjoying the mountain views. There is a high chance that the trekkers will have to return with a bad experience.
Getting back to our topic, what would be the Everest Base Camp Trek cost is high season and low season? Obviously, trekking in peak season would cost you more than trekking in low or, say, off-season. One of the perks of trekking in the off-season is the low cost. The monsoon months (June-August) and the winter (December-February) are considered off-season in Nepal when the trails are less crowded with fewer tourists. So if you’re someone looking to travel with a low budget, you better schedule your Everest Base Camp trek during the off-season. The price is comparatively lower in the low season. This is primarily because there won’t be advance booking and lots of trekkers along the route. This basically goes with the demand and supply theme. The more the tourist, the more the demand and hence the surge pricing.
Let’s take an example to clear the air. We can say that the cost of a room in the Everest region is around $5 (or more) per night in peak season. But the same room can cost you around $1 to $3 per night during the off-season. Similarly, food menus are sold for cheap prices. During the off-season, you don’t have to worry about the unavailability of room along the route, but this is not the same case during peak season. The teahouses are generally empty, with fewer trekkers. Due to this, the price is relatively lower during the offseason.
Similarly, in the context of the Lukla flight, the price tends to be cheaper. These all mean that one can complete the EBC trek with low budget in the off-season. And this could be the very reason why some trekkers love to travel during winter. Despite the fact that there are weather challenges and unfavorable circumstances, trekking in the lower season is quite a popular choice among many trekkers. But it is always not recommended to travel during the off-season. In fact, you should never travel in monsoon or winter.
You can complete the standard Everest Base Camp trek 14-day itinerary for around $2000-$3200. A travel agency can charge you around this price range for the standard trek package. If you want a budget-friendly trek package, you can opt for the budget trek that is much more affordable. Adding luxury options like heli ride can add more to the budget plan.
If you wish to do it independently, you can significantly cut down the price.
But during the off-season, the price can drop to lesser than $2000, and you can complete the standard trek for a lot less. The cost of food, accommodations, and flight drop significantly during the off-season. As I said earlier, there would be less demand for the service along the route, hence the average/less price for the service. Thus, we can say that trekking in the low season is a lot cheaper than trekking in peak season.