I'd been to Nepal before, but traveling with Alpine Ascents was a
different trip altogether. The trek logistics were flawlessly organized,
from Kathmandu to Base Camp (even the layovers in Bangkok) so I could
concentrate on enjoying the countryside. Traveling with experienced guides
like Todd and Vern opens doors that are closed to most visitors. Not
only do those guys know the way, they know most of the people along the
way, and the result is a cultural experience unmatched by anything I've
experienced before. It's the way Himalayan travel should be.
Peter Potterfield, Author of High Himalaya and Classic Hikes Of The World.
"What a joy to be back in the Khumbu. After a 10-year hiatus, the region is as enchanting as ever and certainly unique amongst remote corners of the world. The mountains are as breathtaking as ever and the change to spend time with the Sherpa of Nepal is as impacting as it was some 25 years ago" Gordon Janow - Director of Programs
Trekking in the Everest region of Nepal is a lifetime experience. Mired in history and natural beauty, every day brings a wondrous experience as one is peppered with mountains of the extreme and insight into a deeply rooted Buddhist culture while hiking through a literal museum of climbing history. This combination of awe inspiring nature and immersion into timeless village life is a very rare opportunity in an ever-changing world.
With the world's greatest peaks Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and Ama Dablam characterizing the mighty Khumbu region, trekkers have the opportunity to explore its lower majesty in the shadow of these great peaks. Along the way, trekkers are showered with impressions of ancient Tibetan Buddhism as we visit and learn from our friends living in these inspiring monastic communities. We lodge in Sherpa villages (staying in tea-houses, a type of homestay) and live amongst locals as we make our way to base camp.
Trekkers are guided by an Alpine Ascents guide as well as local Sherpa guide. Our guides are often a famed Everest climber but always well-versed in climbing history and local culture.
Our base camp sojourn is a reasonable undertaking for the very fit enthusiast, suggesting a lifetime of impressions and reflections. Most days are nothing short of breathtaking while we walk amidst the Himalayan giants to the jingle of yak bells and giant rhododendrons. Each corner reveals new vistas that transport our psyche further into the shadows of the daunting peaks.
Traveling to these regions with Alpine Ascents offers an uncompromising experience. We dare say that no other organization can provide the combination of expertise, intimate relationships with local Nepalese/Sherpas and knowledge of its mountains and environment. Our walking days will include much discourse on the peaks of the Everest region, architecture of Buddhist shrines, Sherpa Buddhism and first-hand climbing lore from the climbers that lead each trek.
Like all our expeditions, we believe that the trekker should be lost in the world of mountains and travel unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Alpine Ascents certainly offers the most comprehensive program available utilizing a distinguished staff of Sherpa, and a diverse assortment of meals and hand-picked lodges.
Lodging & The Khumbu
We lodge in Sherpa village tea houses, many of them remote, giving us a rare look into both traditional and monastic communities. We access these villages through our long time Sherpa friends with the belief that a sharing of cultures is paramount in our understanding of the world. While the environs are often primitive by western standards, they are balanced by the warmth and tremendous support of the Sherpa people.
*Please note that while we hand pick the lodges, the Khumbu is a remote area and accommodations are very basic. We work hard to have a diverse menu but this can be limited by availability and remoteness of region.Return to Top of Page