• Request Info about a trip
  • How to join a team?
UK: +44 (0)7810 375400 & USA: +1 360-570-0715 info@summitclimb.com Visit our Blog
UK: +44 (0)7810 375400 & USA: +1 360-570-0715

Trek, Walk, Hike To Everest Base Camp Nepal

  • everest basecamp trek photos At Kalapather. Photo Patty Burritt
  • everestbasecamp Members in the Everest Basecamp Nepal side. Photo Gross
  • everest basecamp trek photos Basecamp panaroma at trekkers rock. Mike Fairman Photo
  • everest basecamp trek photos On the way to Everest basecano. Photo Ross
  • everest basecamp trek photos Mitch on one of the many suspension bridge on trek to Everest Base Camp. Photo Mitch
  • everest basecamp trek photos Members entering Pangboche Gate. Photo Brain
  • everest basecamp trek photos On the way to Everest Basecamp. Photo Sandra
  • everest basecamp trek photos Our Everest Basecamp Trekkers on trek in to BC. Photo Mitch
  • everest basecamp trek photos Yaks on the trail to Dingboche. Photo by George & Yaks on ice in basecamp. Mike Fairman photo
  • everest base camp Our basecamp. Photo Mike Fairman
  • everest basecamp trek photos Members on the way to basecamp. Photo Anne-Mari Hyrylainen
  • everest basecamp trek photos Trekker resting near Phakding. Photo Linda
  • everest basecamp trek photos Walking up to Namche Hill. Photo Rob
.
  • Full Service Cost: $1,850, £1,350, €1,650. (Converted 16-08-2016)
  • Date: 10 to 27 October or 1 to 18 November, 2017 Or 8 to 25 April, 2018 or 22 April to 9 May, 2018.
  • New Flexible Date Option: arrive anytime at your convenience during April-May or Oct-Nov.
  • Experienced leader:  Dan Mazur, from UK and USA, 12 Everest expeditions, friendly, good teacher, well organised.
  • The Nepal (south) side of Everest is warmer and less windy than the Tibet side of Everest.
  • Not ready for Everest Base Camp? Try our Service Trek. Lower altitude and fewer days.
  • Add on a fun climb up Island peak. $1350
Please Click Here
  • Trek to world' s most famous basecamp. Enjoy a beautiful walk to Everest with our friendly team.
  • Walk up the famous Kala Patar view ridge for fabulous Everest views.
  • Average group size 5. Our last trek all 6 members reached basecamp.
  • 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.
  • We are available to help you buy & rent - hire inexpensive trekking gear, equipment, clothing, & boots.
  • Completing this trek qualifies you for Island Peak, Mount Elbrus, Everest Glacier School & Mera Peak.
  • Looking for a different style of trek. Try our ABC Tibet Trek or Remote Nepal Service Trek.
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.
 
  • Request Info about a trip
  • How to join a team?
Share this:

Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal Programme Description

Please click one of the links below to view that section of our introductory information or just scroll down (photo below right by Scott: Members at the Kalapather.).everest basecamp trek, everest trek, summitclimb

 
Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal Programme Description:
  • Introduction: 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.
    • everest basecamp walk and trekWe 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 Nicole. Dana Near Memorial. )
    • 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 topStupa, AmaDablam, trekkers, yaks all in Khumbu Valley. Photo Nicole
  • Leader and staff: 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 Nicole: Stupa, AmaDablam, trekkers, yaks all in Khumbu Valley ).
    • 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 topBrian and Hannah Rolfson at the entry gate to Tyengboche. Photo Lakpa Gyeluk Sherpa.
  • 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 (Brian and Hannah Rolfson at the entry gate to Tyengboche. Photo Lakpa Gyeluk Sherpa.).
Beautiful day. Photo Scot. View from kalapather. Photo Scot Younghusband.
Our Everest Nepal Basecamp trek is one of the most beautiful trips in the world (Bruce Manning). One of the many terraced hillsides (Elselien te Hennepe). Beautiful day. Photo Scot. View from kalapather. Photo Scot Younghusband. 

  • 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 topMembers admiring view from our lodge. Photo Dave
  • 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 Members admiring view from our lodge. Photo Dave). 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 Mike, Paula, and Dan at the trekkers rock in basecamp. Photo by unknown trekker. 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 (Mike, Paula, and Dan at the trekkers rock in basecamp. Photo by unknown trekker. .
    • 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.
Please "click" one of the links on the column on the upper right of your screen under "Everest Nepal Basecamp Trek" to learn more about our trip.

Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal Expedition Trekking Cost

* Our “full-service” trekking peak climb includes:

  • 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 $32 per night (during the included four free hotel nights) and for extra nights $65 per person for single occupancy. Please bring extra cash to pay for your extra nights and / or your single supplement. We often stay at the comfortable three star Hotel Shakti. Its an excellent and classic hotel surrounded by green gardens and located in the heart of the city action near many delicious restaurants, the city's best mountain equipment shopping, and abundant nightlife all within a few minutes walk. The Shakti also offers lots of entertaining day trip (and night outing) options such as city tours, walking tours, rock climbing, mountain biking, wild game safaris, horse back riding, art classes, volunteer opportunities at orphanages, hospitals, schools, women's centres, bird watching, cooking classes, sport fishing, day peak climbing, herbal medicine seminars, day hikes, pottery classes, car tours, sightseeing, temple tours, henna handpainting classes, massage, swimming, beauty salon, motorbiking, yoga retreats, river rafting, painting classes, golf, language courses, kayaking, writing seminars, bungie jumping, religious worship, canyoning, hot tubs, health club, saunas, fitness center, spa treatments, Mount Kailash Treks, night clubs, meditation retreats, gourmet restaurants, cultural dance performances, wine tasting, pedicures and manicures, casino gambling, barber shop, discotheques, airport transfers, Scenic flights around Mount Everest and much much more.

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?

  • Visa and Passport: 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 2013, the cost of a 90 day visa was $100 USD. 30 days visa cost $60. Please bring cash and 2 extra passport-sized photos (extra photos are necessary to obtain the visa in the airport). Thank you. Please Note: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months fom the END of the expedition and contain at least 2 blank page
  • 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.
Please ask any questions regarding cost at info@summittrek.com.

Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal Detailed Daily Itinerary

Please click one of the links below to view that section of our Everest Basecamp daily itinerary or scroll down.

Please also visit our Everest Basecamp route description for more about what to expect from Kathmandu, on the trek itself, etcetera.

Note: This is a proposed schedule, which has been developed through previous trips. The actual itinerary of your trip can differ depending on such factors as weather and local conditions. For example, the trip may finish earlier than these dates, or we may need every single day of the schedule. Thank you for being patient and flexible when coming to a foreign country like Nepal.

Arriving in Kathmandu:

1) Arrive in Kathmandu.

2) Tour Kathmandu, a beautiful exotic Hindu and Buddhist city with an abundance of ancient temples. Orientation.

Trekking to Everest Basecamp:

3) Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2,840 metre/9,300 feet. Trek to Phakding, where we camp in a teahouse at 2650 metres/8,700 feet.

4) Walk to Namche Bazaar 3,440 metre/11,300 feet.

5) Rest, acclimate, and relax in Namche Bazaar.

6) Trek to Tengboche, 3,900 metres/12,800 feet.

7) Walk along to the village of Pheriche, 4,250 metres/13,900 feet.

8) Walk along to the village of Dughla at 4,620 metres/15,150 feet.

9) Walk along to the village Lobuche, 4,930 metres/16,200 feet .

10) A short day up the Khumbu glacier takes us to the rocky outpost of Gorak Shep, with three cozy teahouses at 5,160 metres/16,900 feet.

11) Walk up to Everest basecamp, which lies atop the Khumbu glacier at 5,300 metres/17,400 feet. Return to Gorak Shep.

12) Trek up Kala Patar (5,545 metres/18,200 feet). This evening we stay in Pheriche at 4,250 metres/14,000 feet. back to top

Going Home:

13) Walk back to Tengboche

14) We will walk back to Namche Bazaar.

15) Walk down from Namche to Lukla.

16) Return flight to Kathmandu.

17) Extra day of rest and celebration in Kathmandu. Do take a taxi out to Bhaktapur if you wish to visit an impressive temple city.

18) Flight Home. Good Bye everyone, it was nice meeting you! back to top

Thank you for joining our Everest Basecamp Trek.

Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal Detailed Route Description

Please click one of the links below to view that section for the route on the Everest Basecamp Trek, or scroll down.

Introduction-

Everest was first climbed in 1953 by Hillary and Tenzing, their Base Camp was at Gorak Shep which we will visit. Just above Gorak Shep is the small hill-ridge of Kala Patar (5,545 metres/18,200 feet). It was from here that Eric Shipton helped to choose the first ascent route on Mt Everest, which Tenzing and Hillary climbed in 1953. According to David Padwa, the peak was named by Mallory during the first Everest reconnaissance. The mountain behind Kala Pattar 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.

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 Nepal, Tibet, China, Africa, and many other facinating destinations around the world. 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. Many of these excellent sherpas who work for us 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, enjoyable along the way, and create lasting ties with the majestic landscapes and the inhabitants who reside there. This is a truly wonderful trek with an enthusiastic and polite group of friends.
 
Would you like to be involved in charity/service "non-profit" work in the Khumbu valley? Please visit our Service Trek site to learn more.

Style of Trekking-

The Basecamp Trek will be moderately paced, allowing plenty of time for acclimatization and site-seeing and features the classic route to Everest basecamp, where you can follow "Everest Approach March" made by Sir Edmund Hillary and the famous: Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. The trek passes through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth and through interesting and friendly Sherpa villages. Its enjoyable walking the wide trails on this relaxing and energizing trek, where our cooks pamper you and our trusty yaks and porters carry all of your baggage, so you don't have to. After a slow and careful walk up to high altitude, with plenty of time for rest and acclimatization, the team will stop at the tiny hamlet beneath Everest: "Gorak Shep". Using Gorak Shep as your basecamp (it was also Hillary's) you have the opportuntiy to spend an entire day walking up to the modern-day Everest basecamp, where all of the big Everest expeditions now go. The following day you can walk up to the ridge top known as "Kala Patar" for fabulous views of Everest. Full Service Cost includes return round-trip domestic flights, cook, food, porters, guide, and everything for your trek, even a visit to basecamp and a fun and easy climb to 5,545 metre/18,200 foot, Kala Patar. back to top

Itinerary-

The proposed itinerary allows enough time for proper acclimatization and rest days. The weather at this time of year is normally quite good and stable. However, we all know the global weather is changing, and in case of storms, you will note the proposed itinerary includes extra days as well.

Weather-

Throughout the trek temperatures can vary from 27°c to -7°c ( 80°f to 20°f). At night we stay in warm, comfortable teahouse lodges for most of the trek. The wind is the most chilling factor, and can be quite variable, with everything from a flat calm, to brisk at basecamp. There may be snow, rain, mosquitoes in wet areas, blowing dust, heat, and bright sunshine. It is slightly chillier during April trip than in May or October. The coldest portion of the trek is the morning we walk up Kala Patar, where it can get below freezing on average. back to top

Arriving in Kathmandu-

The trip begins in the ancient and colorful city of Kathmandu, and the staff will personally meet your flight at Tribhuvan airport. Tour Kathmandu, a beautiful exotic Hindu and Buddhist city with an abundance of ancient temples. If this is your first visit, we strongly suggest you tour the temples, including the Monkey Temple, atop a small mountain above the Vishnu Mathi river and the Thamel neighborhood, the Pashupatinath Temple, where the cremations are conducted along the Bagmathi River, Boudhanath , an enourmous white massive stupa first built in 600 AD that you can walk around, absolving a lifetime's sin, and finish at the Kathmandu Durbar or King's Square, where the 400 year old Kathmandu capital was situated.

Touring the exotic temples of Bakhtapur, in the Kathmandu Valley (Felix Berg). A holy man praying near the Baghmati River in Kathmandu (Chris Kinny).

We will take this day to finalize arrangements (such as issuing your trekking permit, etc), in between enjoying food and drink at some of the many westernized restaurants in the Thamel neighborhood. Today is an ideal day to pick up extra bits of trekking kit from the plethora of mountain shops selling a surprising variety of good quality new and used mountain clothing, shoes, and nearly everything you might find in a trekking shop in your home country. The local "supermarkets" are great places to stock up on imported chocolates, sweets, and some surprisingly tasty local trekking foods like energy bars, nuts, granola bars, etcetera. back to top

Trekking to Basecamp-

In a small twin engine, twin pilot, 18 seat propeller driven "Twin-Otter", the trusty workhorse of the Khumbu-Everest trekking trade, we will fly for 40 minutes from Kathmandu to the airstrip at 2,840 metre/9,300 foot-high Lukla and stroll a couple of hours down and through the forested and farmed Dudh Khosi valley with a small clean river ripping through a narrow green rocky mountain studded valley to the picturesque small town of Phakding, where we camp in a field on the river bank at 2,650 metres/8,700 feet. Throughout the entire trek, every day, our bags will be carried by porters and yaks. Interacting with the people transporting our equipment, as well as their livestock, will be an interesting part of our trip, and allow us to set foot into the local culture.

We arise early and have a typically wholesome breakfast of omelettes, toast, porridge and hot drinks, then walk 4-7 hours up through the fir trees and ever-rarer herds of Himalayan Tahr, an endangered large wild mountain sheep. Topping the rim of the Sun Khosi Gorge, we slowly and steadily walk into the steep village of 3,440 metre/12,800 foot high Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpa region, which we will have time to explore. It’s important to drink lots of liquids during today's trek, and you will certainly appreciate the stunning views of Numbur Peak (6,959 metres/23,000 feet) over several cups of tea, in our terraced campsite, in what used to be a potato field on the upper slopes of the town. In 30 minutes walk on a trail traversing the slope towards Everest , we will see our first views of the stunning Ama Dablam and perhaps Everest itself. back to top

The Himalayan Tahr can grow to a metre high and weigh upwards of 100 kg. (http://www.americazoo.com/goto/index/mammals/420.htm)

We rest, acclimate, and relax, in order to soak in the comfortable exotic landscape of this Sherpa kingdom. One of the main features of spending a day in Namche is the opportunity to walk 15 minutes down the slope to partake in the tumult of this bustling sherpa and tourist village, especially the many tasty restaurants, tea-shops, pubs, billiard rooms, and internet cafes. All of the electricity here is locally made micro-hydro electric power, and the telephone and internet connections are wireless/satellite.

From Namche we drop down to the river and the famous tea-stop of Fungki Thangka and have a steep climb up through tree nurseries where you could help with the replanting of the Khumbu valley, which is starting to show signs of over-forestation by sherpas heating water for trekker's hot showers. If you are interested in helping, please check out our Service Trek website. Throughout this part of the walk, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of endangered herds of Tahr. Finally cresting a rise in a forest of gorgeous Sub-alpine fir and Hemlock, walking at the feet of the Khumbu giant peaks of Kusum Kanguru and Thamserku, we reach the Buddhist monastery at Thyangboche, which we can visit. The monastery burned in 1989, apparently due to an electric kettle being left on. Tragically the gompa's book collection was ravaged, and during the following years, groups of monks were seen spending hours each day writing with ball-point pens on stenographer's pads, trying to recall ancient texts from memory, which were burned when the fire tore through the library. Here we will find inspiring views of Mt. Everest , Nuptse, Lhotse , Ama Dablam , and a very welcome tea and lunch stop.

At the gompa of Thyangboche, which burned in 1989, Steve doing some exploring (Liz Stevens).

We will then carry on for an hour through the tiny old-style hamlet of Deboche, in a high altitude birch forest, inside the inspiring Khumbu gorge, where there is a spectacular bridge crossing. We will stay in Pangboche, 3,900 metres/12,800 feet, a religious village and the home of the Khumbu Lama, the most respected Buddhist leader in the upper Khumbu valley. This is a long day of trekking, but after all is said and done, you only gain 350 metres/1,150 feet. From Pangboche village, one can enjoy the most stunning views of Ama Dablam , Everest , and the imposing south face of Lhotse . back to top

The Pangboche Lama blesses all of us. Here he is blessing our trek employee and trek leader, Ms. Kandu Sherpa. Kandu's sister Maya works for SummitClimb and has become the first Nepalese woman to climb Ama Dablam , Pumori, and Cho Oyu . Kandu would also like to become a climbing Sherpa one day (Liz Stevens).

The next morning we enjoy a walk along the beautiful Dudh Kosi gorge, to the enourmous flat valley where lies the village of Pheriche. At 4,250 metres/13,900 feet, it’s where the famous Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) health clinic is located. Pheriche is the last permanent Sherpa settlement. Here we have spectacular views of Nuptse, Lobuche, Cholatse, Ama Dablam and many others.

Two bridges over the Pangboche gorge. The new bridge is the higher one. Sherpas love to hang prayer flags all over their bridges. Looking down on Pangboche at 3,900 metres/12,800 feet (Steve Miscione).

A few hours of walking up a rocky slope brings us to the former yak herder's outpost of Dugla at 4,620 metres/15,150 feet, where a comfortable lodge provides an ideal spot to spend the rest of the day and night, where we can relax, rest, acclimate and drink tea. back to top

Monuments to fallen climbers, known as "chortens" atop the Dugla Hill, with Ama Dablam in the background (Steve Miscione).

The view of Lobuche peak from the teahouse at Lobuche at 4,930 metres/16,200 feet (Liz Stevens).

Hiking across grassy hills, up the rest of the Dugla Hill and through enormous boulders brings us to 4,930 metre/16,200 foot Lobuche, with stunning views of Lobuche peak and Cholatse. Along the way we cross over the Dugla Hill where we are confronted by a knoll studded with chortens, monuments to fallen climbers and Sherpas who have died on Mt. Everest over the years. You will probably recognize several of the names on the memorials.

A short day up the Khumbu glacier takes us to the rocky outpost of Gorak Shep, with three cozy teahouses at 5,160 metres/16,900 feet. We will tuck into a comfortable tea house and marvel at the lovely views of Everest , Nuptse, Pumori, Lobuche, and so many other vast mountains that tower around us, as if our tiny teahouse was a crumb of bread in the jaws of a dragon. We eat and drink a lot up here, so you will have a good chance to rest and recuperate. The nights can be very chilly up here, so you will enjoy bundling up in your warm, fleece, pile, or duvet/down jacket, and wearing your wooly hat, especially in the evening. back to top

Nepal, Gorak Shep Himalayan Ular - fat birds feel very safe in Gorak Shep.

One interesting thing about trek life is being woken up every morning by these Himalayan Ular Snow Cocks (Web).

Sturdy and hardworking local gentleman carrying beer to sell to tourists in the teahouses (DL Mazur). These strong yaks carry our expedition equipment (Liz Strevens).

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).

Those of us who are feeling well will wake up early and walk up to Everest basecamp which lies atop the Khumbu glacier at 5,300 metres/17,400 feet. There is a good trail on rocks and scee all the way to basecamp, where you will see several spectacular crashed Russian helicopters. Then we will return to Gorak Shep for another warm night, lots of tea, and a delicious meal.

With an early start we trek to the top of Kala Patar (5,545 metres/18,200 feet) to see the breathtaking views of Everest . Here is where Shipton stood in 1952, to plan the successful ascent of Everest . After climbing to the top of Kala Patar, we shall walk down to Gorak Shep and have a relaxing lunch, followed by a short walk down to Lobuche and camp. We now walk back down the valley, retracing our steps to Pheriche, and enjoy the final stunning views of the stunning Everest massif. If you are joining our Island Peak trip , here is where you will branch off for the village of Chukkung. back to top

Going Home-

After packing up all of your equipment, supplies, and rubbish, you will make the return trek to Lukla. The following morning, you are up early, and fly back to Kathmandu, where you can enjoy a hot shower and a grand Nepalese western-style feast. In Kathmandu, you can have a day to relax, celebrate, tour the valley, write postcards, and do a bit more shopping, before heading home. We hope you had a safe, enjoyable, and successful adventure. Thanks for joining in! back to top

Thank You for joining our Everest Basecamp Nepal Trek

Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal Leadership & Trekking Staff

Leadership: During this full-service expedition, you will benefit from the leadership provided by Dan Mazur.


It is Dan's tenth Everest expedition. He is a relaxed, friendly and well organized person,
and a highly-skilled professional with over 20 years of experience in getting people to the summit and back down with the highest attention to safety. (Dan leading a meeting on the roof of our hotel, where we describe the plan of our expedition (Franck Pitula). Max on route to basecamp.

For more about Dan, please "click" on the Leadership link above.

Organization: Your expedition is organized by our British, European, American, Nepalese, Tibetan, and Chinese office personnel working on-the-ground together as well as in your home-country. For example, one of our lead organizers is the very experienced Dan Mazur, trekking in Nepal since 1986 and climber-leader-organizer of Everest, K2, and 12 "eight-thousand-metre-peaks". He is a relaxed, friendly and well organized person, and a highly-skilled professional with 25 years experience in helping people explore the mountains, with the highest attention to detail, comfort, and safety. For more about organizers, leaders, sherpa, and staff, please "click" here .

Sherpas: We hire Sherpas and high altitude porters in a support capacity, and now have 23 of these very experienced, friendly, strong, helpful, and loyal people on our staff, including some of Nepal's best climbers and some of Nepal's only women Sherpas. Some of our Sherpas have been to the summit of Everest more than 7 times and led treks to Everest Basecamp & up Island Peak countless times. One of our lady sherpas just became the first Nepalese woman to reach the summit of Ama Dablam, Pumori, and Cho Oyu. Many of our sherpas have personally assisted foreign climbers to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.

During our trek they will be carrying group equipment such as tents, rope, food, and gas. They are also there to assist in any rescues and provide help in the extreme case that there is a sick member. Many of them hail from the areas we will be trekking through, personally knowing the route, villages, and people we will experience on our visit. They have an intimate knowledge of the area, making our trek more authentic and rewarding for our members and less of a common tourist experience.

Staff: Our staff, working together as "Everest Parivar Expeditions, Pvt. Ltd." in our busy agency office in Kathmandu is led by the experienced and influential Mr. Murari Sharma. They 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, rescues, and permits.

Our staff in Kathmandu are available to assist you 24 hours per day, seven days per week. It does not matter which day nor at what time you arrive or depart Kathmandu, they will meet your flight, take you to the hotel, help you find essential things like money changing, shopping, arrange tours of the city, etcetera.

Top row from Left: Murari K. Sharma - Everest Parivar Exp. Pvt. Ltd(MD), Jangbu Sherpa - Climbing Sherpa, Pemba Sherpa - High Altitude Kitchen Boy, Dorjee Lama - High Altitude Kitchen Boy, Tempa Sherpa - Basecamp Kitchen Boy, Krishna Rana Marag - Trekking Guide, Deha K Shrestha - Manager. Bottom row from left; Jens Vogel, Kandu Sherpa - Lady Trekking Guide, Cho-Wang Sherpa - Friend, Maya Sherpa - Lady Climbing Sherpa.

Our leaders, staff, and sherpas look forward to serving you on our treks to form a successful team and create a rewarding experience.

Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal - Your Experience & Training

Please "click" one of the links below to go directly to that information or scroll down.

Team Member Experience:

Extensive experience is not required for trekking to Everest basecamp. The most important thing is for members to be in adequate walking fitness. back to top

Fitness and Health:

It's not necessary to be in extremely good shape to enjoy this trek. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours with a few 20 minute breaks mixed in, you can accomplish this trek.

Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.

Note: You can purchase all necessary medicines inexpensively with no doctor's prescription in Kathmandu. On our application form we ask you to inform of us your condition, previous illnesses, health and medical situations we should know about, what medications you are taking, etcetera. Please help us to be informed by being honest and fully truthful when you complete it. Thank you. back to top

Training Prior to the Expedition:

  • If you are in good shape from regular exercise, it is likely you are already more than prepared to enjoy this trek. Here are some fun training tips below.
  • In the beginning, to see how you handle the training, and to avoid muscle strains that could slow your training down, you may wish to use shorter more frequent but less taxing workouts, and take more rest. After you get "up to speed" as it were, you could increase the rigour. Older walkers, please take note of the latter. Also remember that swimming and bicycling are a fun and excellent form of training because they do not put stress upon your joints. Thank you.
  • In order to train well for your trip you should work toward excercising a few times a week for about 30 minutes each time.
  • Adequate rest and a well balanced diet are also essential to avoid injury and illness before the trip. You should sleep at least 8 hours per night, and eat 3 nutritious meals a day. Don't forget that you will perspire when you train, so try to drink lots of water.
  • Utilising both gym equipment and the great outdoors will provide more balanced exercise. You should try to accomplish at least half of your workouts outside. This could include walking, running, and cycling, but above all should be fun. Hillwalking with a pack weighing 5-10 Kilos/10-20 pounds is good preparation for trekking.
  • We want you to arrive for your expedition in top shape, so please take plenty of rest and do not over-do it. back to top

Training During the Expedition:

  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, members are requested to participate in one to two days of orientation to how the trip will be conducted. There will be plenty of time for discussion, question answering, and for equipment review and purchasing. Training will be conducted both in Kathmandu in the areas of trekking techniques, safety techniques, medical equipment and procedures, communications equipment, camping techniques and high-altitude cooking. For the expert and beginner alike, it is important to review these techniques in order to enhance skills, ensure safety-awareness, and work together as a team.back to top

We hope that you will arrive for your Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal in good health, both mentally and physically prepared, so we can work together as a team and have a successful expedition.

Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal - Personal & Team Equipment

Below is a detailed list of equipment you need to bring for Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal and at the bottom is a description of team equipment that we bring for you. (Click Link below to go directly to that section of the personal equipment list or just scroll down):

Please go to our personal & team equipment section of the "Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal Questions" for additional information and detailed discussion of the equipment lists below.

Where should I purchase my equipment?
Please "click here" to view our list of recommendations on where to purchase kit from our Frequently Asked Questions.

Upper Body-

  • 1 cotton t-shirt;
  • 1 cotton long sleeved shirt;
  • 1 polypropylene warm but light thermal long shirt;
  • 1 fleece jacket;
  • 1 wind/waterproof jacket with hood;
  • Umbrella (optional); back to top

Hands-

  • 1 pr. warm poly thermal gloves, with plastic wind shell (the latter is optional);

Head-

  • 1 cotton sun hat;
  • 1 cotton head scarf;
  • 1 fleece balaclava or very warm hat;
  • 1 head torch with extra battery; back to top

Lower Body-

  • 2 pr. cotton underwear briefs;
  • 1 cotton walking shorts;
  • 1 cotton long trousers;
  • 1 polypropylene warm but light thermal leggings;
  • 1 pr. fleece/pile/trousers;
  • 1 pr. wind/waterproof trousers;

Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. back to top

Feet-

  • 2 pr. cotton socks;
  • 1 pr. sandals for use in hotel;
  • 2 pr. med. polypropylene thermal socks;
  • 1 pr. sturdy, 100% leather, top-quality trekking boots with good ankle support ("broken-in" please);
  • 1 pr. trainers, lightweight running shoes for trekking on flat, easy trails;


Sleeping-

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 10 degrees F);
  • At least 1 closed cell foam kari-mats (optional). Most of the tea houses we stay in have nice soft mattresses to sleep on.

Your sleeping bags should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. back to top

Rucksack and Travel Bags-

  • 1 medium backpack (40-60 liters, can be used for airplane carry);
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional);
  • 1 large kit-travel bag with lock (80-100 liters for checked bag); back to top

Personal Hygiene-

  • 1 toothpaste/brush;
  • 1 bar soap/1 small towel;
  • female or male hygiene supplies;
  • 1 set earplugs;

Medical-

Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no Doctor`s prescription;

  • 1 bottle water-treatment tablets;
  • 2 tubes lip sun cream, 1 tube skin sun cream (min.factor 15);
  • anti-mosquito cream;
  • 1 skin blister repair kit;
  • 1 bottle anti-diarrhea pills;
  • 1 bottle anti-headache pills;
  • 1 bottle cough and/or cold medicine;
  • 1 bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide;
  • 1 small bottle stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.;
  • Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant. back to top
Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no doctor's prescription.

Personal Food-

On the trek we supply plenty of food for you and cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our sherpas will be carrying this food to the higher camps.

  • We ask each member to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. We do not provide cold “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food, 2 kilos/4 pounds, is a good amount. A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage are not available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country. Many of our members, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows plenty of time for shopping.

Practical- back to top

  • 1 water filter;
  • 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
  • 1 telescoping ski stick/pole (3 section);
  • 1 pr. glacier sunglasses (with side shields). For eyeglass wearers, prescription glacier glasses are best and are available inexpensively in Kathmandu with your prescription for just $40. Please order in advance if you are interested;
  • extra prescription glasses, contact lens supplies. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu for just $20. Please order in advance if you are interested;
  • 1 litre water bottle;
  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
  • 1 compass, 1 small multi-purpose knife;
  • 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
  • 1 camera and film or digital camera with spare cards;
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks;
  • passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary;
  • separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance;
  • Dollars, Pounds or Euros cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts;
  • Credit cards (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc;
  • Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment. Thank you.

This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions. Thank you. back to top

Group Equipment:

We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: trekking tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety. back to top

Please submit any equipment questions or concerns to: info@summittrek.com

Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal Question & Answer Section

Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal - Trekking Video Movie Clips

Below are some short video clips taken along our recent Everest Basecamp Trek by our team members. Please click the picture or title in the left column to view each clip. In the right column is the description for each video.

EBC

A look at Everest basecamp and the Khumbu Icefall (Dale Wagner). 1:20 minutes (11 MB).

Kala Pattar

Views from the top of Kala Pattar, next to Everest (Dale Wagner). 0:40 seconds (6 MB).

Above EBC

A shot from above Everest basecamp, showing the west face of Everest and Nuptse (Dale Wagner). 0:45 seconds (6.5 MB).

Dughla

A panoramic view  from the Dughla Pass, looking at Lobuche East, Pumori, and other peaks in the Himalaya (Dale Wagner). 1 minute. (8.5 MB).

Namche

Namche Bazaar at 3,440 metre/11,300 feet, the capital of the Sherpa people (Scott Darsney). 0:50 seconds (7 MB).

Kathmandu

A few scenes of the ancient and colourful city of Kathmandu, where the trip begins (Scott Darsney). 0:25 seconds (3.5 MB).  

Kathmandu

Short clip of the bustling streets of Kathmandu (Dale Wagner). 1 minute (8.5 MB).

Lobuche

The view approaching Gorak Shep, looking at Pumori, Changtse, the Khumbu Glacier, and Nuptse (Dale Wagner). 0:45 seconds (6 MB).

Trek

A few scenes of the trek to basecamp, including the town of Tengboche (Scott Darsney). 0:55 seconds (7.5 MB).

Teahouse
Team members enjoying a delicious meal at one of the comfortable tea houses we stay in along our trek to basecamp (Scott Darsney). 0:40 seconds (5.5 MB).
 

 

If you wish to purchase our mountain climbing and trekking films, please contact Videoland Productions.

You can can go to their site www.videolandproductions.com and email info@videolandproductions.com or call (+1)360-491-1332 to buy any and all of the mountain climbing and trekking films we have. Please tell them we said hi!

We will be expanding this section with more Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal video clips.

Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal News & Expedition Dispatches - Stories

Archive news: 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).

    Thank you for reading about our past Everest Basecamp Treks. To follow along with our ongoing trips around the world, please view our "Recent News" section.

Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal - International Members Application

What questions do you have? Please ask as many questions as possible. This helps us to have a proper conversation so we can better understand one-another's expectations, so you will have a very safe, enjoyable, and successful trek. Thank you. Before completing the application forms, please be sure to carefully study the Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal Frequently Asked Questions .

Below you should find a pdf or MS document containing the application pro forma. Are you able to read it? When all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, please print out the application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit, to hold your place in our team. Would you please just post it to us at the mailing address you will find on the form? Thank you very much. If you decide not to go, your deposit will be refunded according to our refund policy. Your registration and the final payment must be completed two months prior to the expedition starting date. Thank you very much.

Click here to download PDF Form for International Trekking Applicants

 
 

If you do not have an Adobe PDF reader, please obtain it here

Here is a checklist of what we need to have in your file at least two months before the trip begins. We encourage you to send an electronic scan of all of the below documents, please be sure they are signed. Thank you:

[ ] Completed Payment,
[ ] Trip Registration Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Participant Release and Acknowledgement of Risk (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Terms and Conditions of Booking (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Medical Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] 1 Passport sized photo, which is a simple, very clear picture of your face, sent as an email scan. (We simply require a picture of your face against a white background. You can take it yourself for free with your own digital camera or smart phone),
[ ] Exact photocopy of passport identification pages,
[ ] Exact photocopy of complete flight itinerary,
[ ] Proof of mountain rescue and repatriation insurance,
[ ] Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance (cancellation and trip interruption insurance is advised).

Please do let us know what further questions you may have about the registration process, or anything else for that matter. Thank you.
 
 
Welcome to our team.

Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal - US Members Application

What questions do you have? Please ask as many questions as possible. This helps us to have a proper conversation so we can better understand one-another's expectations, so you will have a very safe, enjoyable, and successful trek. Thank you. Before completing the application forms, please be sure to carefully study the Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal Frequently Asked Questions .

Below you should find a pdf or MS document containing the application pro forma. Are you able to read it? When all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, please print out the application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit, to hold your place in our team. Would you please just post it to us at the mailing address you will find on the form? Thank you very much. If you decide not to go, your deposit will be refunded according to our refund policy. Your registration and the final payment must be completed two months prior to the expedition starting date. Thank you very much.

Click here to download PDF Form for US Trekking Applicant

 
 

If you do not have an Adobe PDF reader, please obtain it here

Here is a checklist of what we need to have in your file at least two months before the trip begins. We encourage you to send an electronic scan of all of the below documents, please be sure they are signed. Thank you:

[ ] Completed Payment,
[ ] Trip Registration Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Participant Release and Acknowledgement of Risk (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Terms and Conditions of Booking (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Medical Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] 1 Passport sized photo, which is a simple, very clear picture of your face, sent as an email scan. (We simply require a picture of your face against a white background. You can take it yourself for free with your own digital camera or smart phone),
[ ] Exact photocopy of passport identification pages,
[ ] Exact photocopy of complete flight itinerary,
[ ] Proof of mountain rescue and repatriation insurance,
[ ] Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance (cancellation and trip interruption insurance is advised).

Please do let us know what further questions you may have about the registration process, or anything else for that matter. Thank you.

Welcome to our team.

SummitTrek Everest Basecamp Nepal Trek Reviews, Testimonials, Complaints, and Comments Testimonials

Here is what Ian says: One of the most amazing trips of my life!

Here is what Joe says: This video just begins to capture the majesty of the mountains and the integrity of the trek. Seeing everest was a lifetime goal for me that became an incredible, demanding and exhilarating journey. Oh, to go back again!

Here is what Dave says: One of the best experiences of my life!


Here is what Eric says: I'll always remember what a great expedition that was...great friends :)

Here is what Daniel says: I went to EBC with SummitTrek in 2015. They took great care of us and it was the most humbling thing I've ever done.

Here is what Mike says: Great trip to Nepal...thanks to the leader and your crew. Went through my pictures tonight with some friends. Not done yet...unfinished business will bring me back.

baruntse

Here is what Neil and Ariel have to say:

Hi there, I was just looking through some photos of our trip and was inspired to write to you. It was a marvelous adventure and all four of us loved it and wanted to thank you for making it possible and giving us excellent Sherpa Guides and Porters. They worked tirelessly to ensure our safety and fun. Great stuff. (in fact my only gripe on whole trip was that I should have taken my good camera, really regret that!). So, where do we go from here? Not sure... I am thinking I may have to build a house first? Gordon and I are playing with the Mera peak/ Ama Dablam trip we briefly discussed but just not sure when. Keep us posted with your usual enthusiasm and adventures. Cheers and thanks again, Neil and Ariel

Areil relaxing while hiking. Photo Neil Gordon and Niel at Kalapather. Photo Gordon

Areil relaxing while hiking. Photo Neil. Gordon and Niel at Kalapather. Photo Gordon.

Here is what Ian says: It was an amazing experience. SummitTrek took great care and ensured our trip was successful. I took this pic of Derek on the return trek.

view from kalapather. Photo Scot Younghusband. Team at Everest Basecamp.
 
View from kalapather. Photo Scot Younghusband.  Team at everest basecamp. Photo I dumanski

Here is what Lisa from the UK says:

Dear Lisa, The reason we are writing to you is that we would like to request your comments on the Everest Nepal Base Camp Trek you joined. That is because what you think is quite important to us. Your feedback can help us to do a better job next time. We would be very grateful if you would write a short reply and tell us what was good and what was not so good?

What was good - I particularly liked the small group and the level of 'independence' we were given. Having seen other larger groups walking in a line of 15 or so, I was thankful for our small numbers and the flexibility this offered – walking at different speeds etc. All of the porters were superb, as was Dorgey (not sure if that is the correct spelling) the guide.

What was not good. My only small gripe was that one of the overnight accommodations was pretty bleak, without electricity in the rooms and very cold, having said that, on the return journey they offered us extra blankets and gave us different rooms. I do appreciate that at high altitudes heating is at a premium, but that particular night we were all absolutely freezing. But overall it was well organised and a great experience.


If you were to go again, what would you do differently?

Probably very little infact, I am struggling to think of anything. Maybe not to fall over on the snow and bang your head and always check your water for things swimming in it!  but again, they just added to the adventure!!

You will be seeing me again as I intend to bring my daughter out to do the service trek in a year or so, so that she can experience and see the difference between her life and that of others. Additionally, Keith (step Dad – who was 70 on the day we reached Base Camp) and I are looking to join you for the Kilimanjaro trek in 2014 / 2015. We wouldn’t consider going with anyone else


If you were advising someone who was thinking of joining, what would you tell them?

Just do it!! Pack your bag and take your legs and sense of adventure out there.


Do you have any photos or videos you would like to share?

I have yet to go through them all, but yes – and Keith has plenty. I will send some over.

View from Kalapather. Photo Keith Bailey

Everest Trekking team at EBC. Photo Haberern. View from Kalapather. Photo Keith Bailey. 

 

Here is what Mark from USA says:

 
I do plan on going on another trek in Nepal or even the service walk - probably in 2015 when I can get a month off work.   I was so moved by the kindness of the people, the poverty of so many, but yet so happy the people. I felt more safe in Nepal, be it the city or the mountains, than anywhere in the US. The beauty of the mountains and the culture -  I love it there.  
 
The good:  
 
Being anal about logistics, it took me a while to relax. I was somewhat relentless asking questions at the office with the younger fellow.  At the appropriate time he respectfully told me in private that it will all be fine. Email doesn't explain it well, but his body language and tone of voice was one of caring more so than frustration. It stopped me in my tracks and I had to laugh at myself. Do I not trust anyone? I was completely relaxed and fine after that.

Everything was taken care of for us. Passes, permits, etc. pick up at the airport upon arrival, comforting. Domestic flights. I guess what I am saying is that the overall organization of the trip was really good.

Office staff was very helpful.

The trek staff. I hated to part with them. I really had a good time connecting with them. Dorjee our guide spent time with me at the monastery.
I explained my late father was devout. I had brought with me the last of his ashes to spread around somewhere in the mountains. I showed them to him and he just nodded. He took me all through the monastery, prayed at various stations with me, and at the end showed me where and how to spread the ashes.  How personal is that....
 
Loved how well we were looked after by the staff when trekking. One of the group to EBC was having a really hard time.  Dorgee knew just how far to let him go, so to speak, without jeopardizing his health.  He made it to BC - none of us thought he would have.

The accommodations were good for the most part,  at one point a member was going to stay at a different lodge that was like the Hilton as the one we were slated to stay at was cold. This was on the way out. After that incident the lodges were better.

Seeing how respected and liked you are by the locals is good. Makes one feel like a part of something good instead of just another trekker. And some of them are pretty self serving.

Talking to some of the young adults there I was impressed by their desire to make their country a better place, things such as sanitation, environment and density issues.
 
When I go again I will spend more time there and would like to do something to help there, what ever that is, and go higher. Altitude fascinates me and I love to push myself.
 
What would I tell someone thinking of going? Go for your soul. I would say:

Its not all about who has the least cost.  There are many climbing and trekking companies out there to choose from. SummitTrek was a bargain for what we got - I see others for the same trip, days and route, for much more. Who ever you go with you are paying for the same thing (I have heard from climbers this as well with minor unnecessary perks with the expensive ones).

The trekking staff is all about your safety and comfort. I noticed that in all but one or two lodges, we were always the first to be served.

Never seen beauty such as in those mountains, too big to describe.

Oh, and, I indunated you and staff with questions before and during and never felt I was a burden, quite the opposite.
 
I could sell this trip to anyone seriously considering.
 
Ramble ramble. I am probably leaving lots out.
 
Have a great holiday season and would love the see you sometime.
 
Best to you, Mark
Back to Top

Yak wears a freshly repaired pack saddle. Hannah Rolfson Photo Mark Mossholder and Sangeeta Sindhi walking on the Everest Trail. Keith Bailey Photo
 
Yak wears a freshly repaired pack saddle. Hannah Rolfson Photo.  Mark Mossholder and Sangeeta Sindhi walking on the Everest Trail. Keith Bailey Photo

 

Here is what Blake from Missouri, USA says:

 

"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!" Back to Top

Rob and Beccy on the trail with a yak (Beccy Cresswell). View of Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest and Ama Dablam just 15 minutes walk from Namche. (Sandra Le Duc).

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."Back to Top

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!"

Resting team just below Namche with view of Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest and Ama Dablam. Photo by Stephanie

The Khumbu Icefall as seen from basecamp (Fabrice Imparato).  Resting team just below Namche with view of Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest and Ama Dablam. Photo by Stephanie

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." Back to Top

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." Back to Top

 

 

 

Members making the final approach trek to Everest Basecamp with the vast valley surrounding them.One of the many terraced hillsides on the trek to Everest basecamp. Photo Elselien te Hennepe

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." Back to Top

 

Lovely rhododendron flower along the path to Everest. Monika Witkowska Photo. 5 yaks enjoying a meal before getting to work. Monika Witkowska Photo.
 
Lovely rhododendron flower along the path to Everest. 5 yaks enjoying a meal before getting to work. Monika Witkowska Photo.

 

Here what Chan S Says :

I was blessed to have Lakpa as my guide. He was like my son in Nepal, looking after me to ensure that I was safe and didn't slip and fall off the edge.

Overall, an unforgettable trek for me: great guides, great porters, great trail mates. What more could one ask for? I'll be back.
Back to Top

 

Namche Bazar village close-up. Monika Witkowska Photo. Alter in Khumjung Monastery. Monika Witkowska Photo.
 
Namche Bazar village close-up.Alter in Khumjung Monastery. Monika Witkowska Photo

 

Here what Mike S 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 Kath. and taught us much about the Sherpa culture and customs, which was one of my goals for this trek. We had dinner with his wife in Kath. and I am sure that she would be a perfect guide also.

Our Sherpa was also excellent. He could not have been more attentive to our needs and safety.

The porters were so cute, it was always a pleasure when we came upon them. They were also very careful with our gear.

The tea houses chosen were all fine, clean and comfortable. The food was generally tasty and substantial, given how remote we were (everything portered in), and the altitude, etcetera. Certainly, comparable to Patagonia refugios, or Swiss alpine huts.
Back to Top

 

No of trekker at Kalapather back ground Mt. Pumori. Photo by Hyker Animal seen in Namche hill. Photo by Stephanie

 

Numbers of trekker at Kalapather back ground Mt. Pumori. Photo by Hyker. Animal seen in Namche hill. Photo by Stephanie


Here is what Blake G says: 

 

I was lucky to have chosen summitclimb.  At the time I decided to go with you guys I knew very little about your company or the leadership.  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 yrs expedition and look forward to many more in the future.
 
What was good about the expedition? The leadership, organization and professionalism from everyone involved.  every problem was addressed immediately by the guides and solved seamlessly.
Back to Top

 

Here is what Roger N says: 

 

Thank you once again for organizing such a great trip to Nepal. I look forward to participating in another Summitclimb adventure sometime in the future.
 
Best wishes,
 
Roger N
. Back to Top
 

Tea houses at Phakding. Photo by Hyker View of Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest and Ama Dablam just 15 minutes walk from Namche. Photo by Hyker

Tea houses at Phakding. Photo by Hyker. View of Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest and Ama Dablam just 15 minutes walk from Namche. Photo by Hyker

 

Dan B says:

"The Base Camp Trek with Summitclimb was great fun with great people.  I trained hard and it paid off in that I had no issues whatsoever in keeping up with the guides.  We did get to view Mount Everest on several occasions which is what the trip was all about.  The view from Kala Patthar was awesome." 
Back to Top

 

If you would like to contact our previous members, please send an email to info@summitclimb.com

 

We take our member's feedback and testimonials seriously. These help us to refine and make our trekking a successful, safe, and enjoyable experience for our future teams.

What our clients say?

  • Here is what Blake from Missouri, USA says:

     

    "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."

  • Here is what Neil and Ariel have to say:

    Hi there, I was just looking through some photos of our trip and was inspired to write to you. It was a marvelous adventure and all four of us loved it and wanted to thank you for making it possible and giving us excellent Sherpa Guides and Porters. They worked tirelessly to ensure our safety and fun. Great stuff. (in fact my only gripe on whole trip was that I should have taken my good camera, really regret that!). So, where do we go from here? Not sure... I am thinking I may have to build a house first? Gordon and I are playing with the Mera peak/ Ama Dablam trip we briefly discussed but just not sure when. Keep us posted with your usual enthusiasm and adventures. Cheers and thanks again, Neil and Ariel