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.
Island Peak and Kala Pattar, Nepal 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.
This was a lifetime event for me – the fulfillment of a dream. The people, places and events made for an amazing and challenging adventure. I am completely satisfied with the expedition. Logistically, the program was flawless, from the events in Kathmandu, to the food, to the accommodations, the supports along the trail and the climbing. Everything went as planned, and if there were problems, the trekkers and climbers didn’t see them. It was a true expedition experience, except that we were treated so well, we missed out on all the suffering! I think Alpine Ascents is tops.
The Everest Base Camp Trek / Island Peak climb program was planned, communicated, and executed perfectly. 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.
Great trek in a spectacular part of the world. Yes. I was happy to get to Base Camp and climb Kala Pattar, but I was even more thrilled to climb Island Peak.
Not always could you hope to have such a well motivated and compatible group, BUT this was one of these times and made the event extra special! I really can’t think of anyway things could of been improved. I think this speaks to the many years Alpine Ascents has been in the mountaineering business!