This was a fantastic trip from the start to finish. The mountain views and learning the cultures of Nepal were both highlights for me. The strengths are having a great base of local Sherpa staff & Jiban to augment your Western guides. Vern and Carole are definitely a total plus for anyone who has the opportunity to trek with them.
Everest Base Camp Trek Testimonials
I enjoyed the trek more than I ever would have imagined! The days were long, but I enjoyed all of the culture, the expertise of our guides, the scenery, the tea houses, our amazing porters and sherpas. I could go on and on!
Honestly, I can’t think of any weaknesses. This is a really strong program and well-tested. It went so smoothly and I never knew if there was any hiccup in the plans.
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 just want to go back for more. Every turn was another spectacular view or interesting site or cool animal sighting – just loved it.
This is our 3rd trek with Alpine Ascents and we had another great experience with excellent guides! 100% satisfied! An unforgettable experience and adventure which was highly enhanced by our guides knowledge and relationship with the Sherpa culture.
Very enjoyable. The trip exceeded my expectations – and I had high expectations. [The guides] were both very knowledgeable and very passionate about the people, culture and area.
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!
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.