"I was lucky to have chosen SummitClimb. Being in Nepal I realized what an amazing operation you guys run and how respected the leaders are. I was proud to have been a part of this year’s expedition and look forward to many more in the future.
The leadership, organization and professionalism from everyone involved were great. Every problem was addressed immediately by the guides and solved seamlessly. The leaders were amazing and the porters they hired were first rate. Top notch work guys!"
Here is what Maria from Athens says:
"Overall it was a very nice experience and we are very happy we participated in the trek and we would love to come back to climb."
Here is what Mike from Santa Monica says:
"When about everything was good, all I can do is mention what was best. Our guide could not be surpassed! He could not have been more attentive, considerate and conscientious. He was a pleasure throughout the trek, and before in Kathmandu, and taught us much about the Sherpa culture and customs, which was one of my goals for this trek. The tea houses chosen were all fine, clean and comfortable, the food was tasty and substantial. I'd be happy to recommend SummitClimb to anyone. You guys have this program handled!"
Here is what Soon Keng from Singapore says:
"Overall, an unforgettable trek for me: great guides, great porters, great trail mates. What more could one ask for? I'll be back."
Here is what Patty had to say:
"What was good about the trek - the lodges, the peace and tranquility of the trek, the people of Nepal, the Yaks - EVERYTHING!!!
We loved it. We got to meet other trekkers and have more interaction with the people in Nepal. Each lodge was so unique and the owners and their children so special. I loved the quiet of the
trek... there were no motors running, the only sound was the people, dogs and yaks!
To prepare for the trip... walk - LOTS! Hike if you have any hills/mountains in your area but WALK - WALK - WALK. I felt stronger and stronger the farther we went. They may also want to practice walking with poles. I never used them and they may have helped on the way down with my knees.
What to expect - expect to enjoy the experience. Just let the little things go and open yourself up to living through one of the most amazing experiences in your life. Don't expect it to be like home... you are there to experience a different aspect of life, not your normal day to day existence.
I also LOVE the fact that you have added on Island Peak - I would have done that FOR SURE!!! I'm very disappointed we didn't have that opportunity, which just reinforces my drive to go back. You know, we swore this was a once in a lifetime trip and we didn't think we would ever go again BUT we loved it. I was really tired by the time we got home and it took me a couple of day before I REALLY appreciated all that we had experienced. It didn't sink in until we were home, going through the pictures, handing out the gifts we had bought, etc. when it hit me - It was one of the BEST things I have ever done for me personally and for Rob and I as a couple. Not everyone takes the opportunity to experience life and to live life, the trek make us both feel like we have lived life a bit more... but we're not done yet!!!
Let people know they can purchase almost ALL of their gear in Katmandu for much cheaper prices than in most countries and it is GOOD gear, not just junk. We would not have bought as much clothing, etc. to Katmandu if we would have known this. Not only would we have saved $$ BUT we would have supported more people in Katmandu. It may be a third world country, BUT the Nepalese know what trekkers and climbers need."
Here is what Wanda says:
"My concern about any problems in Nepal I heard about before the trip were non-existent in the areas we traveled. We did not witness any such disturbance. Traveling as a single female, I am probably a little more cautious than most but I have to say that never once did I feel concerned about my safety."
Here is what Elselien says:
"I think a good thing about this trip is having a trek included with the expedition. People really like having that look into the 'expedition world' but usually don't want the uncomfortable/cold suffering part themselves. They mostly like a night or two/three of camping but prefer (definitely higher up) the lodges. Another good thing is that this trip is being organized by very experienced people who know how things work in Nepal and can offer solutions to unexpected problems. Trekkers usually feel that this trip is relaxed and the leaders are flexible when and where they can. This gives them a feeling of being more part of the team because their questions and opinion are being heard.
I really like the fact that it is fairly easy to achieve a high altitude while trekking the original Everest route from the 1920-1953 Everest expeditions."
These photos were taken on our recent successful Everest Basecamp Trek where 8 members trekked to Everest Basecamp and returned home safely. Photos in the Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal slideshow: Elselien te Hennepe. For caption information on these photos, please visit our Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal photo gallery.
Walk to the world' s most famous basecamp and enjoy a beautiful trek with our friendly team.
Walk up the famous Kala Patar for fabulous Everest views.
Trek to base camp on snow-free paths through green terraced villages, rushing rivers, suspension bridges, lush forests, stay in civilized 'teahouses' and camp in verdant meadows beneath towering peaks.
The Nepal (south) side of Everest is warmer and less windy than the Tibet side of Everest.
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Trek Leader: Cost includes a very experienced and qualified British, European, or American leader;
Organizer: Daniel Mazur, over 20 years experience trekking in Nepal;
Nepalese Sherpa-English speaking guides for the group (we are also able to provide Sherpa French and German speakers);
Transport to basecamp to/from Kathmandu, for you and equipment, including all internal / domestic flights Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu;
Yak and porter transport for all your equipment from Lukla to and from to your final destination on the trek and back down;
Three meals per day during the trek, normally these may be cooked, but sometimes, during trekking, they may be a "packed-lunch".
All permit fees, trekking fees, climbing fees and liaison officers;
Emergency equipment and supplies: basecamp medical kit, high-altitude medical kits, etcetera;
All group equipment like ropes, anchors, tents, stoves, etcetera.
Sleeping arrangements will be in comfortable and roomy bunks in teahouses;
Your trip includes 2 free Kathmandu hotel nights at the beginning and two free Kathmandu hotel nights at the end of the trip. You will be sharing. If you want your own single room, the cost is an aditional $30 per night and for extra nights $60 per person for single occupancy. Please bring extra cash to pay for your extra nights and / or your single supplement. This a clean and comfortable "two-star" hotel. We use good quality hot water hotels in a central neighborhood, near many tasty restaurants, and excellent mountain equipment and gift shopping, as well as our trekking and mountain climbing office where we meet before and after the adventure.
Sherpas and Equipment Transport: Our trek includes transport of all of your equipment from Kathmandu to your destination, and returned to Kathmandu. While on the trek, we DO NOT ask our members to carry heavy group equipment (although it is an option if you really want to), such as tents, rope, fuel, food, etcetera. We employ climbing sherpas, and high-altitude porters, to carry group equipment and supplies. To learn more, please click here .
Ms. Elselien te Hennepe, looking out into the Imja Tso Lake on the left of the photo on our October 2005 trek. Behind her, on the right side of the photo is Island Peak basecamp at 5,100 meters (16,728 feet) (DL Mazur).
Cooks and Food: On the trek our experienced trekking cooks provide delicious meals. Our skillful and hard working cooks prepare three hot meals each day with a very healthy diet of fresh vegetables, cheeses, eggs, and fresh as well as tinned fruits, meats and fish (all meats and fish are prepared separately out of respect for the vegetarians in our midst). They supply you with unlimited hot-drinks, the key to successful acclimatization.
Group Equipment:We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: trekking tents; cookers, fuel, food, walkie-talkie radios, etcetera. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety.
Staff: Our staff, working together as "Everest Parivar Expeditions, Pvt. Ltd." led by the experienced and influential Mr. Murari Sharma, are hospitality experts and have, for the last 21 years, been arranging overland tours, safaris, raft trips, treks, mountain climbs, trek support staff, cooks, peak climbing permits, satellite phone permits, video and film-making permits, translators, liaison officers, climbing Sherpas, oxygen, helicopter flights, air tickets, equipment purchase/hire, storage, import/export, shipping, customs clearance, transport bookings, advance hotel bookings, visas, repatriations, and permits.
Safety:Our expeditions are allowed access to our extensive communications equipment, medical supplies, first-aid kits, medical oxygen, and a gamow bag in case of emergency. Thank you for being a well-prepared and safe team member!
*What is not included?
Your Nepal visa is conveniently purchased by you upon arrival at the Kathmandu airport. It is not necessary to purchase a Nepalese visa prior to landing in Nepal. In 2008, the cost of a 60 day visa was $40 USD. Please bring cash and 2 extra passport-sized photos (extra photos are necessary to obtain the visa in the airport).
Additional expenses like bottled or canned drinks on the trek, tips and gratuities, and expenses of a personal nature (ie: laundry or gift shopping) are not included.
We recommend the following tip for our group staff:Everest Basecamp Treks : $125. Expect to pay the above tip no matter what.