"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.
Explore the beautiful Khumbu region with a knowledgeable glacier recession scientist engaged in current research, visting the amazing blue Gokyo Lake and Everest basecamp. Learn first hand how the glaciers are melting rapidly and receding before our very eyes.
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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Recent news: Our Everest Basecamp Nepal Trek and Island Peak climb has just returned and it was a huge success. Please click here to view news of our expedition. Please also visit our "Archived News" for more stories of past trips.
Trip leader Ulyana made this cool video about her Glacier Research in Nepal. Click Here
Please click one of the links below to view that section of our introductory information or just scroll down. (photo below right shows trek leader Ulyana Horodyskyj ).
View of one of the holy lakes of Goyko, after trekking down GokyoRi. Carrying the boat to a lake put-in point on Ngozumpa glacier.Boat put-in point at a glacial lake, Ngozumpa glacier. (Ulyana Horodyskyj )
Standing next to an ice block from an ice calving event on a glacial lake,Ngozumpa glacier. (AngPhula Sherpa), Exploring one of many glacial lakes on Ngozumpa glacier.View of the terminus end of Ngozumpa glacier from the top of GokyoRi.(Ulyana Horodyskyj)
View of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. Top of Kala Patta. Crossing a bridge over the Dhudkhosi river on the way to Phakding. (Ulyana Horodyskyj )
Introduction: On this trek, while walking the beautiful Gokyo Valley, walking to Everest basecamp and up the amazing 'Kala Pattar view Ridge' you will have the opportunity join glacier researcher Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj and participate in research to understand the rate at which Mount Everest's glaciers are melting. You will help to set up and maintain glacier cameras in action. You will walk (Autumn trek) or paddle an inflatable boat (Spring trek) around glacial lakes, to see, close-up, the collapsing ice walls, as well as collect data first hand. This data helps scientist to understand and forecast the glacier's future. Himalayan glaciers pose an enigma to scientists: they are covered in rocks and dirt, which should insulate (protect) them, yet they are still melting and "down-wasting". University researchers have been focusing on the Ngozumpa glacier, which flows through Gokyo, and originates on Mount Cho Oyu, the 6th highest peak in the world. This glacier is riddled with supraglacial (surface) lakes. It turns out that the formation of lakes expose bare glacier ice walls, where sunlight can focus its power, leading to enhanced melting and ponding of water. Through time-lapse photography, we have been tracking major inputs and outputs at these lakes (things like rainfall, ice wall collapse, and drain events). Our goal is to determine the life cycles of these lakes and how they contribute to the bigger picture of the (diminishing) life cycle of the glacier. Your participation in this trek will help us to gain an understanding of what is happening to Mount Everest's glaciers.
Mt. Everest was first climbed in 1953 by Hillary and Tenzing. Their base camp was at Gorak Shep which we will visit along our adventure. Our trek to the base of the highest mountain in the world allows you to enjoy the incredible beauty of Nepal and walk to a very high altitude on good snow-free paths, providing spectacular views of Everest and the surrounding Himalaya Giants.
We 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. There is ample time to experience the friendly and exotic culture of the Khumbu Valley, as we walk through some of the most spectacular natural settings and mountain scenery in the world, while staying in comfortable lodgings.
These treks are in the spring and fall, the main climbing seasons for Everest and Ama Dablam. You will have a chance to sample expedition life and check out the basecamps of teams from around the world (photo right by Liz Stevens: Our past Everest basecamp trek leader, Elselien, receiving a blessing from the local Buddhist Lama in Pangboche).
You travel at a very careful pace without having to carry a heavy rucksack, while enjoying freshly prepared meals and lots of hot drinks, all important for acclimatization. The logistics are all taken care of, so just relax and enjoy the pure and pristine environment of the high Himalaya.
This easy, peaceful and interesting trek to Everest maximizes many years of accumulated wisdom in the Himalaya, a long and proven record of safe and fun trekking through Tibet, Nepal, China, Africa, and many other fascinating mountain destinations around the world. back to top
Leader and staff:Ulyana is a PhD candidate at CIRES. She has climbed over a dozen peaks over 14,000 ft. in Colorado, Washington, Mexico, Tanzania and Nepal. Our friendly guides and trip leaders are experts at leading interesting groups of men and women throughout Nepal. In addition, they have an intimate knowledge of the Sherpa people and customs and temples and shrines in each picturesque village you stroll through. We must also give credit to our polite and highly experienced, hard-working trekking sherpas, cooking, and office staff (photo right by Tunc Findik: Namche Bazaar at 3,440 metre/11,300 feet, the capital of the Sherpa people. See this unique village on our trek to and from basecamp).
On trek: Our guide, together with friendly and helpful sherpas, cooks and local people leading yak caravans carry all of your personal equipment, group equipment, and set up camp each day, prepare and serve delicious meals, so you can relax and enjoy the trek. You do not need to carry a heavy rucksack during the trek.
Sherpas: Our excellent sherpas have an intimate knowledge of the beautiful trek to Everest and the comfortable villages we will visit because this is their home region. They live in this land, grew up on farms here, have family and friends in the fun areas we will pass through, making our visit less of the usual tourist experience and more involved with the unique and genuine culture of the Khumbu Valley. They go out of their way to help make your visit remarkable and create lasting ties with the majestic landscapes and the inhabitants who reside there. This is a very enjoyable trek with friendly people. back to top
Everest National Park: The park covers an area of 1148 square kilometres in the Khumbu region of Nepal. This includes Mt. Everest and several other well known peaks such as Lhotse, Pumori, Island Peak , and Ama Dablam. Mt. Everest and the surrounding area is a 'world biosphere reserve'. Since 1976 the park has served to safeguard unique cultural, physical and scientific values through sound conservation principles. Vegetation in the park varies from oak, pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes to fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron woods at mid-elevations. Scrub and alpine plant communities with bare rock and glacier are found above the tree line. 22 species of rhododendron bloom during the spring (April and May) and much of the flora is colourful throughout the year. Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are Himalayan tahr, goral, serow, musk deer, and well over 100 different bird species (photo right by http://www.americazoo.com/goto/index/mammals/420.htm: The Himalayan Tahr can grow to a metre high and weigh upwards of 100 kg).
Our Everest Nepal Basecamp trek is one of the most beautiful trips in the world (Bruce Manning). One of the many terraced hillsides on the trek to Everest basecamp (Elselien te Hennepe). Everest base camp. (Ulyana Horodyskyj)
Trek to basecamp: This is one of the most beautiful treks in the world with ancient snow-free paths winding past green terraced villages, rushing streams crossed on swinging bridges and each night a comfortable 'teahouse' or a good tent pitched in a quiet pasture beneath the highest peaks in the world. Throughout the trek we eat delicious meals prepared by our skillful cooks. The trek will be moderately paced, allowing plenty of time for acclimatization, rest and site-seeing. Together we retrace the classic "Everest Approach March" made by Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. The trek winds through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth, where you can relax in exotic, friendly Sherpa villages. Our trusty yaks and porters carry all of your baggage, so you don't have to carry a heavy rucksack.back to top
Kala Patar: Just above Gorak Shep is the small hill-ridge of Kala Patar (5,545 metres/18,200 feet). It is a windy path up grassy, rocky slopes to reach the top. It was from here that Eric Shipton helped to choose the first ascent route on Mt Everest, which Tenzing and Hillary climbed in 1953. The mountain behind Kala Patar has an interesting story: Mallory wanted to name a peak after his young daughter. In the Sherpa and Tibetan languages, "Pumo" means girl, and "Ri" means mountain. So Mallory chose to name it Pumori. According to David Padwa, the peak was named during the first Everest reconnaissance (photo right by Fabrice Imparato: Everest basecamp on a misty morning). back to top
Who is this trip for?
We encourage men and women from around the world, of all ages to join us as an individual team member or with your own group, whether that is your spouse, partner, friends, sibling, clients, colleagues, etc. Most of our members join as individuals, our team dynamics work well, and we are able to build successful and safe groups of people that enjoy trekking, climbing, and traveling together (photo right by Dan Mazur: Our trek team is having fun on the way to Namche Bazaar. What a great group!).
Previous camping experience is beneficial to enjoying the trip, although not required.
It would be nice if you have some experience with foreign travel, although we are happy to advise and help you if this is your first time out of the country and, for many of our members, it is. back to top
All of the work is done for you, such as cooking, carrying group equipment, setting up tents, etc. Yaks and sherpas will carry all of your personal items so you do not have to carry a heavy rucksack.
It is not necessary to be in extremely good shape to enjoy this trek. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills with a few 20 minute breaks mixed in, then you can accomplish this trek.
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