Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu
We boarded the first twin-otter aircraft from Lukla to Kathmandu; the flight lasted an hour and took us along many of the well-known peaks of the Himalayas including Cho Oyu, Numbur, Gauri Shankar and Langtang, which we had witnessed from much closer quarters during our trek.
I had an amazing day staying in Kathmandu, doing nothing but devouring on food, and enjoying the coziness of my hotel room before boarding the flight to Delhi and then to London!
A quick Spend guide for my 24 days expedition to EBC and the 3 high passes
Visa cost: 40 USD for 30 days (Indians do not need a Visa to enter Nepal)
Flights: 200 USD (From Delhi to Delhi)
Package Tours: 1800 USD (All inclusive – all food, lodging during the trek, airport pick-up/drop-off, 3 days stay in a 5* hotel in Nepal, guides and porters, flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back, a day sightseeing in Kathmandu and everything else you can think of from landing to Kathmandu to boarding the flight back home)
Miscellaneous (Phone charging, buying internet vouchers, taking showers during the treks, etc.): 30 USD
Total trip cost: Approx. 2050 USD (door to door)
I chose World Expeditions as my tour operator for this. I did this due to the fact that this was the first time I was trekking alone with an alien group and in an unknown country, and I wanted to make sure that I do not have any issues during such a long expedition
My recommendation would be to do a detailed research to get the best price for the trip if you choose to go for it. According to my research later, a more or less similar trip can be done for a lesser price
Having said that, World Expeditions are highly professional and you would not have any surprises whatsoever on the itinerary. They stick to the promises and details they provide to you before the trip. They provide the best of lodging and food during the trek and give individual trekkers the flexibility to trek at their own pace as one prefers
You can also very well go for a solo trek to the EBC, however for the high passes, especially Kongma- La and Renjo-La, you might need guidance on the path as you won’t find many trekkers along these. I remember we were the only group doing these 2 passes and had no other trekkers around us. Though the path is kind of defined, and if you are doing it solo, you will need to be extra careful in navigating the path and choosing where to camp
If you plan to do only the EBC, you can very well do it on your own without any help of a guide as the path is very well defined with fixed tea houses all up to Gorak Shep (base village for EBC)
There might be some difficulty in finding a place in the tea houses if you do EBC in high season, so be careful in choosing your time of the trek and be flexible with your itinerary
I think it would still be wise to probably hire a guide from Lukla who can help you with bookings for your stay ahead and with all the local knowledge that they have
All said, if you are doing the EBC with three passes, and solo with one guide, it should then cost you about 30% less than what I paid for, for an all-inclusive trip.
Feel free to ask any questions you have. Visit my Upcoming Adventures to see what I am planning ahead and feel free to drop a line if you would like to join me in any of these!