Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek & Kala Pattar Overview

Absolutely amazing! What a wonderful time we had in Nepal. The trek was colorful, informative, immersive, challenging, and completely fulfilling! It met all of my expectations and more. I didn’t realize just how immersed in the culture and the local people we would be and it was just wonderful. I am mesmerized by the mountains of the Himalaya and have vivid memories now of the spectacular views we had on our trek. It makes me want to go back for more. Every turn was another spectacular view or interesting site or cool animal sighting – just loved it!

Alpine Ascents is top rated. Everything I experienced supports that outstanding ranking. Our guides Vern and Carol were outstanding in every way.

The Alpine Ascents Everest Basecamp Trek includes the following:

  • All trips led by Western Himalayan Mountain guides and experts such as Vernon Tejas, Ben Jones, Lakpa Rita, or Eric Murphy.
  • Helicopter to and from Lukla, trek start point ( as opposed to fixed wing which often has delays).
  • Full gear check and tour in Kathmandu.
  • Quality lodges during the trek.
  • Emphasis on health and risk management, as well as mountain, Sherpa, and Monastic culture.
  • Side trip to the Sherpa community of Thame
  • Treks are offered in Fall and Spring – Fall tends to be a quieter season and Spring trips spend a night a base camp.

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 the mountains and environment.

The Everest Base Camp Trek is a lifetime experience, steeped in history and natural beauty. Every day brings wondrous experiences. One is peppered with mountains of the extreme and insights into a deeply rooted Buddhist culture while hiking through a literal museum of climbing history. Our Everest Base Camp Trek combines awe-inspiring nature and immersion into the timeless village life, a rare opportunity in an ever-changing world.

Join Alpine Ascents for your EBC Trek

All trips are led by Alpine Ascents guides, adding over 20 years of rich climbing history (in addition to Sherpa and monastic culture) to your experience. Our guides are medically trained, which contributes to the likelihood of a healthier trek. (Most outfitters simply hire local guides to lead their trips). We work closely with every trekker, prior to the trip and on the trail, to make each day as outstanding as possible. Having an experienced Himalayan expert lead each trip adds a huge cultural dimension as our guides are not only extremely knowledgeable but are trained teachers and actively engage trekkers during the expedition.

Everest Base Camp Trek Logistics

When it comes to trekking EBC, Alpine Ascents mountaineers provide the most comprehensive program available. From Guides to distinguished Sherpa, to quality meals and lodging, we believe that the trekker should be lost in the world of the mountains unfettered by the rigors of preparation and logistics.

Alpine Ascents trekkers lodge in Sherpa village tea houses (similar to a homestay). Many are located in the remote foothills of the Himalayas, giving trekkers a rare look into traditional and monastic communities. We access these villages through our longtime 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.

This was a fantastic trip from the start to finish. The mountain views and learning the cultures of Nepal were both highlights for me. Our guides had a very in-depth and unique understanding of the region, from geology, food, Buddhism, health & wellness of the locals, personal relationships with many of our hosts, and always willing to share a story. This trek was very informative for me.

Helicopter Return from village below Basecamp

Alpine Ascents also provides a unique opportunity to travel via helicopter from a village below base camp to trek end point in the town of Lukla. The benefits of taking this helicopter flight include:

  • An incredible air journey flying over and observing the route you walked and a chance to fly over the Khumbu glacier.
  • The opportunity to shorten the trek by 4+ days.
  • A climactic way to finish the trek and not have to trek back on the same route at a time when many  trekkers are very fatigued.

(Cost $500 – $750 based on number of passengers)

Please contact Gordon Janow ([email protected]) for details.

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 longtime 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.

(Note that while we handpick the lodges, the Khumbu is a remote area and accommodations are basic. We work hard to have a diverse menu but this can be limited by availability and the remoteness of a region.) Please note single rooms ( at supplemental fee) are only available in Kathmandu.

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