This is one of the most economical and better options but you should be aware of a few things. Arranging an independent trekking guide
means not going through an trekking agency. Quite literally it means hiring a guide from the Independent trekking guide site or via a recommendation. Prices range from USD$500-600
with bargaining. Prices for guide only include: the guide only! Price doesn’t include: Kathmandu to Lukla flights, accommodation, permits, meals, travel insurance, visa fees, trekking equipment, drinking water.
The biggest negative is that your guide might not be qualified or have legitimate references. You can ask to see them in advance. You’ll also need to arrange your own accommodation and meals when out trekking. The positives here are a decrease in cost.