Everest Base Camp Trek & Kala Pattar Overview
From a Fall Trekker: “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 have made it any better, absolutely faultless. They gave us the knowledge and confidence of their skills at all times, particularly when we gained altitude. We left the mountains feeling completely immersed in the culture, the ways and passions of the Sherpa and a good knowledge of the history of the land, culture, and environment. I can’t imagine many guides being able to offer such insight as Vern and Carol are able to, with all their 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.”
Key components of joining Alpine Ascents:
– All trips led by Western Himalayan Mountain guide such as Vernon Tejas or Ben Jones
– Heli cost built into price. Air flights may be used on occasion as certain situations may make air flight preferable
– Side trip to Sherpa community of Thame
– Full gear check and tour in Kathmandu
– Quality lodges throughout as available (we review this trek detail by detail each season)
– Emphasis on health and safety as well as mountain, Sherpa and Monastic culture
– More at Why Trek with Alpine Ascents
Trekking in the Everest region of Nepal is a lifetime experience. Steeped in history and natural beauty, every day brings a wondrous experience as one is peppered with mountains of the extreme and insight 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 timeless village life, a rare opportunity in an ever-changing world.
With the world’s greatest peaks – Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and Ama Dablam – characterizing the mighty Khumbu region, trekkers have the opportunity to explore its lower majesty in the shadow of these great peaks. Along the way, trekkers are showered with impressions of ancient Tibetan Buddhism as we visit and learn from our friends living in these inspiring monastic communities. We lodge in Sherpa villages (staying in tea houses, a type of homestay) and live amongst locals as we make our way to base camp.
Everest Base Camp trekkers are guided by an Alpine Ascents guide as well as a local Sherpa guide. An outstanding opportunity to spend time and learn from legendary guides such as Vern Tejas.
Please note fall is generally less crowded in the Khumbu region and our Spring trip spends 1 night at BC. Both trips visit the village and monastery of Thame, a truly unique experience and one of the most fascinating days on the Alpine Ascents trek.
Our Everest Base Camp Trek is a reasonable undertaking for the fit enthusiast, suggesting a lifetime of impressions and reflections. Most days are nothing short of breathtaking, as we walk amidst the Himalayan giants to the jingle of yak bells and giant rhododendrons. Each corner reveals new vistas that transport our psyches further into the shadows of the daunting peaks.
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 their mountains and environment. Our walking days will include much discourse on the peaks of the Everest region, architecture of Buddhist shrines, Sherpa Buddhism and firsthand climbing lore from the climbers that lead each trek.
Like all our expeditions, we believe that the trekker should be lost in the world of mountains and travel unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Alpine Ascents offers the most comprehensive program available utilizing a distinguished staff of Sherpa, and a diverse assortment of meals and handpicked lodges.
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