Our trek was amazing. Vern and his guitar made for pleasant walking. Carol had great stories and was always so warm and friendly. The culture was incredible and the views were magnificent. We got engaged on Kala Patthar and to have our team there with us during that experience is one that I will never forget!
Everest Base Camp Trek Testimonials
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.
I would like to thank everyone at Alpine Ascents for a wonderful trip to Everest Base Camp. Our guide, Sidar, and sherpas were extremely helpful and encouraging throughout the trek. The schedule we were given allowed us to acclimate properly and allowed us to explore the villages we were based in. An amazing adventure for me, thank you again!
I cannot begin to express how amazing Vern was! He was constantly checking up on the team, gave useful tips to deal with altitude, gave us cultural lectures, interesting information about mountains and had time to serenade us with his guitar every SINGLE day! What else could we ask for! Vern also ensured that we were always taken care of, he was attentive to our needs and concerns (every morning, he would check up on whether we slept well). He also ensured that we were also safe at all times. The group kept saying how lucky we truly were for having a legend mountaineer as our guide for 18 days.
ALWAYS. During our trek, we would continuously stop to talk about the local culture and mountains. We continuously asked questions, and Vern always gave us an answer. There were times after our trek, he would come back to continue discussing some of our questions. I thoroughly enjoyed Vern’s storytelling, and sharing his amazing experiences of his mountaineering life. I would like to thank Alpine Ascents staff for their prompt and easy correspondence. Gordon, Chris, and Ellen have been wonderful.
The trip was up to AAI standards. Organization, logistics and quality of itinerary were excellent. Vern and Carole were fantastic, and the weather was excellent : ) Vern and Carole added a great deal to the quality of the trip. In sharing their knowledge of the area, the people, high altitude travel etc. they raised the trip to a level other companies only aspire to reach. I was excited when I learned Vern and Carole would be our guides, and they exceeded my hopes. Vern’s experience in those mountains is world class, and having a person with that wealth of firsthand knowledge was, for me, a huge treat. I felt both welcome by them, and that I was with guides who put my safety first. Perhaps most importantly they made all of us feel they were part of the team rather than above it. When a team member had an issue logistically or medically they handled it in a caring, professional manner. Their comments, answers and suggestions added significantly to my experience/enjoyment. I wish to thank them again here, and hope I am fortunate enough to travel/climb with either or both of them in the future. Strengths include immersion in the area and culture. Hard to improve this as Vern and Carole introduced to many local friends and their homes, arranged an audience with Lama Ghese (so I got that going for me), and shared much local/personal information we would otherwise not have learned all of which made the trip spectacular. The nice weather and timely arrival/departure from Lukla helped too, but that is beyond AAI’s control. Weaknesses: None from my point of view.
It was clear that Vern & Carole are pros and very knowledgeable. They shared their passion for the Khumbu region with us. The local Sherpas were very helpful as well.
Great trip. Vern and Carol were great. Beautiful people and venues. Would love to go back one day and explore more areas. Beyond expectations. And Vern played the guitar, very cool. Amazing leadership and I think he should become a professional speaker when he retires. Amazing stories and experiences. At one point Carol pushed me to be the leader of the Kala Patar climb and she knew I could do it, however, I had not pushed myself to that point. I will never forget that and the impact it has and will make in my life. Unbelievable mix of mountaineering and local culture. They really respected the land, the people, religion and culture and I was very thankful and respectful of their approach. It meant a lot to me. Phenomenal, very caring, informative and know their stuff. The most personal and spiritually fulfilling trip I have ever been on and can’t wait to do more! First trip to Kili now this. You run a top notch firm and great guides and I can’t wait to come again!