Why Trek with Us

Why Choose the Everest Base Camp Trek with Alpine Ascents?

Guides

All trips are led by Alpine Ascents guides, adding 20 years of rich climbing history (in addition to Sherpa and monastic culture) to your experience. Our guides are medically trained, which contributes to the likelihood of a healthier trek. (Most outfitters simply hire local guides to lead their trips). We work closely with every trekker, prior to the trip and on the trail, to make each day as outstanding as possible. Having an experienced Himalayan expert lead each trips adds a huge cultural dimension as our guides are not only extremely knowledgeable, but are trained teachers and actively engage trekkers during the expedition.

I’d been to Nepal before, but traveling with Alpine Ascents was a different trip altogether. The trek logistics were flawlessly organized, from Kathmandu to Base Camp (even the layovers in Bangkok) so I could concentrate on enjoying the countryside. Traveling with experienced guides like Todd and Vern opens doors that are closed to most visitors. Not only do those guys know the way, they know most of the people along the way, and the result is a cultural experience unmatched by anything I’ve experienced before. It’s the way Himalayan travel should be.
– Peter Potterfield, Author of High Himalaya and Classic Hikes Of The World.

Experience

We include a heli flight in the cost, which is an important factor to keep on schedule and not have hidden costs.

Alpine Ascents guides are revered as mountaineers, instructors and cultural enthusiasts. Climbing and trekking high peaks in the Himalayas fully encompass their expertise. Their passion and knowledge of Nepal is contagious, and will add to the already profound richness of your expedition. We are confident that our expertise in this region is unsurpassed. We have been guiding in Nepal during the past two decades and have consistently run expeditions each year. Our familiarity with the region, combined with our expertise and knowledge around the world, lend a depth to every expedition that we feel is unrivaled in the guiding community.

Sherpa Staff

We lodge in Sherpa villages, many of them remote, giving us a rare look into traditional and monastic communities. Our lodging along the way is usually in tea houses. We access these villages through our longtime Sherpa friends with the belief that a sharing of cultures is essential to our understanding of the world. While the environs are often primitive by Western standards, they are balanced by the warmth and tremendous support of the Sherpa people.

Lodging & The Khumbu

Our spring Everest Base Camp Trek often travels with our Everest climbing team en route to Everest Base Camp (17,300 ft.), affording a unique opportunity to experience the excitement of an Everest expedition. Our fall trip can offer a less crowded time in the Khumbu, and is considered by many the prime trekking season.

Trekkers have the chance for an exciting summit of their own on Kala Pattar (18,600 ft.). This trek is an excellent opportunity to share in the excitement of a major Himalayan expedition and travel through one of the most magnificent and culturally rich regions on earth.

Logistics

We selected the trek to Everest because of its sheer beauty and location in this Buddhist-influenced region. We believe that the climber 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, using a distinguished staff of Sherpa, and a diverse assortment of quality meals. (Some of the food is flown in from the U.S. Although the local food is a part of our diet, we find that a wide variety of food helps keep trekkers healthy and strong).

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.

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