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Mount Everest, Nepal

How much does it cost to travel to Mount Everest?

You should plan to spend around $40 (NP₨5,324) per day on your vacation in Mount Everest. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $26 (NP₨3,500) on meals
  • $14 (NP₨1,821) on hotels

A one week trip to Mount Everest for two people costs, on average, $559 (NP₨74,537). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Mount Everest cost?

A one week trip to Mount Everest usually costs around $280 (NP₨37,269) for one person and $559 (NP₨74,537) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Mount Everest on average costs around $559 (NP₨74,537) for one person and $1,118 (NP₨149,075) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Mount Everest will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Mount Everest on average costs around $1,198 (NP₨159,723) for one person and $2,396 (NP₨319,446) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Mount Everest has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Mount Everest expensive to visit?

Mount Everest is a very affordable place to visit. Located in Nepal, which is a very affordable country, visitors will appreciate the lower prices of this destination. It falls in the average range in the country for its prices. Budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring Mount Everest in depth.

Within Asia, Mount Everest is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in Asia for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as Mandalay, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Taipei.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Mount Everest Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Mount Everest?

The average Mount Everest trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Mount Everest travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) NP₨1,821 ($14)
Food 2 NP₨3,500 ($26)
Entertainment 1 NP₨2,403 ($18)
Accommodation Budget in Mount Everest
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Mount Everest is $6.83 (NP₨911). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Mount Everest is $14 (NP₨1,821). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Food Budget in Mount Everest
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Mount Everest can vary, the average cost of food in Mount Everest is $26 (NP₨3,500) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Mount Everest should cost around $11 (NP₨1,400) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Mount Everest is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Mount Everest
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Mount Everest typically cost an average of $18 (NP₨2,403) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Water Budget in Mount Everest
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $2.34 (NP₨313) on bottled water in Mount Everest per day. The public water in Mount Everest is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Mount Everest on a Budget
Mount Everest Mount Everest
More commonly known as Mount Everest, Qomolangma is the highest mountain in the world with a peak reaching 8,848 meters above sea level. Pilgrims trek long distances to worship its divine aura, climbing enthusiasts run great risks to challenge its high altitude, and visitors from all over come to see where the tallest reaches of earth meet the heavens.

In such a remote location, the main hub of activity at the foot of Qomolangma is the Everest Base Camp. Tent hostels are available here April through November. Each tent hostel has ten beds with quilts, with access to hot water (no showers), Chinese food and stoves for warmth, limited medical supplies, and low voltage electric lights that shut off at midnight. This is the main starting and end point for trekkers embarking on the climb up the mountain, but also for trekkers who come from further away to end their trek here just to see the mountain in person. The nearest guest house is as Rongbuk Monastery, 3.6 km (2.2 miles) north of Everest Base camp. It is also common for visitors to stay in private houses of the welcoming locals.
The mountain itself is a sight to behold, the undeniable centerpiece of the region. Its snowcapped peaks glisten in the sun, beckoning to those below who wish to reach the summit. A wisp of cloud often touches its peak like a flag signaling the final destination for climbers - commonly called the Flag Cloud. Weather amidst the mountains, however, is often unpredictable with storms and squalls rolling in at a moment's notice. The best season to visit is May to October, though the peak is often covered in clouds from July to August. November to February is usually unfavorable due to the extreme cold.

Other features of the mountain include its bright glaciers, diverse plant life, and a variety of wild animals like the rare snow leopard. Rongbuk Monastery is also a popular destination, located at the base of the mountain with magnificent views of its peak.

If you're considering trekking, check out this guide to what it is really like to trek to Everest Base Camp.

The climb up Qomolangma, Mount Everest, of course is the activity that draws adventurers from all over the globe. It takes about 5 days round trip to the summit and back. Day 1 is the trek from Everest Base Camp to Base 1 (at 5460 m), Day 2 is the climb to Interim Camp (at 5760m), Day 3 is the trek to Camp 2 (at 5970 m), Day 4 is the hike to the top (6340 m) and return to Camp 2, and Day 5 the return ending at the Rongpuk Monastery.

But you don't just have to climb to the top. Many travelers make the trek from lower areas up to the famous Everest Base Camp. This trek can be done without climbing equipment or camping gear, as it's just a (challenging) walk and you can stay in the local villages where you can find food and accommodations. The difficulty of the Everest Base Camp Trek often depends on your level of fitness and hiking experience.

This monastery is the highest in the world, making it a very spiritual destination for many and an enlightening way to end the treacherous climb of the mountain. In addition to the panoramic views from the monastery, it is also home to impressive murals of Tibetan religion and culture as well as beautiful statues of Buddhist deities.
Food and Dining
Traditional Tibetan cuisine is largely limited to barley, meat (usually mutton or yak), and dairy products. Very few spices and vegetables are used in the cooking, though most dishes are served with a very hot chili sauce on the side. Tibetan restaurants also usually serve westernized food options, and there are an abundance of good Chinese restaurants as well. Tea houses, too, can be found just about everywhere, being a place where many locals come to sit down with friends. While larger towns and cities serve both sweet and salted teas, smaller villages only serve salted. Due to its remote location, the main food available around the mountain is fine dried or instant noodles. Nearby, food is also available at Benba Guesthouse in Tashidzom and the Snowman Hotel in Pasum. It is usually good to be stocked up with your own small supply of food and water.

As far as food and drink go throughout Tibet, some staples include:

Momos: dumplings filled with meat or vegetables, steamed or fried

Tingmo: bland, nearly tasteless steamed bread

Thukpa: a hearty noodle soup with vegetables or meat

Thenthuk: thukpa with handmade noodles

Yak butter tea: salty tea churned with butter, a Tibetan staple and usually an acquired taste for most Westerners

Chang: a Tibetan beer made of barley, light in flavor

Climbing the mountain, or simply reaching Everest Base Camp for a great view, depends on your ability to get there. As Everest Base Camp is a final destination for many visitors, the journey to that location is an adventure in of itself. The trek begins in Lukla, which can be reached by air from Kathmandu, or by bus. From Lukla the hike to Everest base camp takes around 7 days, depending on one's desire to hike fast or slow. Along the way are many small villages, monasteries, and "tea houses" which provide food and hotel-like accommodation to hikers. Although conditions are rustic, camping is not necessary before Everest Base Camp for those willing to spend a bit of money.

Hiring guides and/or baggage porters is common and generally recommended.

On the Chinese side, visitors can fly to Lhasa (to Gonggar Airport) from major cities in China, or take a train via Xining. Many people hire a 4-wheel-drive from Lhasa to Rongbuk Monastery, which is located at the foot of the mountain. The road conditions are good from Lhasa to Tingri, but when you drive off the national road, it turns to an all dirt and gravel road. The closer you get to the mountain, the more rugged the travel becomes.

There are also two trekking routes into Qomolangma as well as an access road for Land Cruisers (which can be arranged in Lhasa or Shigatse). The two trekking routes are the Peruche Route which begins in Shelkar and the Tingri Route which begins in Tingri. Both end at the Everest Base Camp.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.