Everest Base Camp & Island Peak trek in Nepal

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12 Apr 2017
US $ 3405
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04 Oct 2017
US $ 3255
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25 Oct 2017
US $ 3255
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28 Mar 2018
US $ 3675
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03 Oct 2018
US $ 3485
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24 Oct 2018
US $ 3485
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Small group vacation

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travelers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Everest Base Camp & Island Peak trek in Nepal

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked to reduce our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Leaders & local suppliers
We have had a long-term relationship with our operator who has experience with and supports responsible tourism initiatives, following many years of working together on various schemes. The leaders always provide a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits of your visit.

Whilst in Nepal, we advise all clients against buying mineral water on trek as currently there are no provisions for disposing of the empty plastic bottles. Alternatively you can bring water purification tablets to treat your drinking water or buy boiled water. Boiled drinking water is provided whilst camping .We also ask you to consider only taking a shower at lodges where they have electricity or solar power to heat the water. The use of biodegradable soaps and shampoos is recommended. We recommend bringing a spare plastic bag for rubbish that cannot be burnt. Burnable rubbish can be left in the lodges. Non-burnable rubbish should be taken back to Kathmandu.

During this tour we spend 13 nights in teahouse accommodation, many of which are owned and run by families who have lived in the region their whole lives. Much of the food that we eat on the trip is also sourced and produced locally. This ensures that a significant proportion of the money we spend goes directly back into the local community. A further 3 nights of this tour are spent in fully-serviced camping accommodation, thus minimising our energy consumption.

Himalayan Community Support Projects
After organising tours to the Himalayas for over 35 years, we have developed many long lasting partnerships and friendships with our operators and leaders as well as some of the local communities we visit. We therefore now seek ways to give something back and we usually help with small-scale practical projects that can help local communities and preserve or improve the environment, whilst giving the maximum possible long-term economic benefit. In the past, we have focused on supporting children and their educational needs, supplying basic resources to communities, such as fresh water and sustainable wood supplies, as well as introducing some alternative technologies to help the environment.

A few of our major achievements have been:
- In March 2006, we opened a new home for children (Nava Kiran Orphanage) in Kathmandu in March 2006, and now we are now involved in helping fund their education.
- By Autumn 2010, we installed 60 solar cookers across the Everest region.
- In 2010, we donated 28 smokeless stoves to Thulopatel Village (which uses less wood and provides a safer and healthier alternative for the women to cook on).

Group size
We operate small group tours (usually 5 to 14 people on this trip) that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.

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