Honestly, it is quite difficult trying to identify any true flaws with the program. The acclimatization schedule was spot on. Our gear that traveled by Yak / Porter was ready & waiting for us each evening (despite the gear bag the airline “lost” on the way to Lukla). The food was amazing, especially Dipak’s cooking! Accommodation was comfortable and generally, very “clean” considering the environment. The knowledge, professionalism, and general attitude of the guide staff (Winslow, Passang, Ang Norbu, Dipak) and support staff is why I will be returning to the Khumbu with Alpine Ascents in the future. Without a doubt, one of the best experiences of my life thus far.
Mustang Trek and Buddhist Cave Discovery Testimonials
The logistics of the trip were well-organized. The Sherpa support was fantastic – food was clean, tents/equipment carried and assembled, friendly. The route selected is the classic Everest trek, and you will see all the big peaks – Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam etc. Itinerary built in enough time to acclimate well. High summit day success rate – while observing safety The Alpine Ascents group was, by far, the most upscale group in the Khumbu. Endurance is the key to succeeding, regardless of who you ultimately choose. I recommend Alpine Ascents (with whom I had climbed with on Kilimanjaro and in their 6-Day training course) because I want to focus on the beautiful scenery, friendships with the group, and the cultural exploration. I highly recommend Alpine Ascents for this, or any other climb.
Superb logistics. Very Professional. Food and all cooking, water, juice, table setting – luxury standard. Entire experience 5 stars pus one. My guide was patient, strong, knowledgeable, and performed an incredibly difficult job with energy good grace and panache. The entire staff was so happy, amicable, friendly, always smiling, and such an open demeanor – this was one of the high points of the trip, this astonishing positive attitude of all the Nepalese people. As an ex-guide and NOLS instructor, Alpine Ascents for this trip sets (also including other trekking groups on the trail) the very highest standard.
I found the entire expedition very well organized and maintained. It was very much what the itinerary stated.
Truly an outstanding experience. All guides were extremely knowledgeable and their skill level was at the top.
Overall the program was more than expected. Everything was organized down to the smallest detail. Great to be concerned with nothing but having a good time and climbing. All guides were constantly teaching and transferring knowledge.
Strengths are clearly the caliber of guides and the logistical planning. The guides are not only great mountaineers but great people – a pleasure to be with. The staff in Seattle is excellent – always ready to help and get whatever information you need. I have not been exposed to any weakness (you should be proud of your organization).
Amazing, Professionally run, the ground staff you employed, Sherpas etc, made for a well organized trip. We were especially lucky to have Vern and Carol as our guides, as they knew the local people and monks in the monasteries, was a fantastic experience. I honestly don’t think they could of made it any better, absolutely faultless. They gave us the knowledge and confidence of there skills at all times, particularly as when we gained altitude with what to expect and how to handle it. We left the mountains feeling completely immersed in the culture, the ways and passions of the sherpa’s and a good knowledge of the history of the land, culture and environment. I can’t imagine many guides being able to offer such an insight as Vern and Carol are able to, with all there passion of the Sherpa people, we shared a few emotional moments with them. We met as strangers and came away as friends. The real strength is the depth of expertise you have clearly gained over many years, the fact that everything runs like clockwork without any apparent effort for something that must be a mine field to organize proves this. The real strength is the depth of expertise you have clearly gained over many years, the fact that everything runs like clockwork without any apparent effort for something that must be a mine field to organize proves this
Fantastic! It was everything I had hoped for and more! I wanted to thank you and Alpine Ascents for a wonderful trip to Everest Base Camp! I wish I were back in the Khumbu! The itinerary was perfect! It allowed plenty of time to acclimate and I felt stronger as we got to higher altitude. Also, the folks you had on the ground in Nepal were fantastic! I’m used to handling arrangements while I travel by myself, so it was a great comfort (and a bit luxurious) to have someone there for me to take care of everything at all times. I especially like the side trip to Thame (Kami’s village) to acclimate further. Meeting Kami’s parents and spending time at the Monastery in his village was probably the highlight of my trip after being at Everest Base Camp. I have been very happy with the Alpine Ascents staff and programs thus far and look forward to future trips.
Overall, this was an experience beyond my expectations. In the past, I have found that an Alpine Ascents expedition, whether a climb or a trek, has been the envy of other groups – and this trek was no exception. Every aspect of the trek was first-rate. Vern was an exceptional guide who inspired complete confidence in his ability to lead and make responsible decisions throughout the trek. The local guides who accompanied us were also exceptional and could be counted on when needed.
Vern’s knowledge of the region, culture, and general mountaineering was impressive. He was informative and entertaining throughout the trek. I couldn’t have asked for a better guide and consider myself lucky to have been able to travel with someone as passionate and talented as Vern Tejas. More than personable and easy to get along with, he made everyone feel as though they were travelling with an old friend. Reminders are great to emphasize the physical component of an expedition. It’s good motivation if you’re already doing the work and a sobering reminder if you’re not.