Everest hiking vacation

“ 2 week trekking vacation around the Everest region and, in particular Ama Dablam. Moderate trekking, with nine days of walking in total. Camping along the way.”


Kathmandu | Lukla | 9 days of walking in Everest region | Dudh Kosi River | Ghat | Wild camping | Views to Kusum Kangru (6369 m), Nupla (5885 m), Kongde Ri (6093 m) and Thamserku (6808 m) | Sagamartha National Park | Namche Bazaar | Imja Khola Valley | Deboche | Monastery village of Thyangboche | Mingbo| Ama Dablam | Khunde and Khumjung Sherpa Villages

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Vacation type
Small group vacations
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.

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.
“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?”
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travelers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Everest hiking vacation

We stay 7 nights in our permanent exclusive camps and 4 nights in carefully chosen lodges. Why does that make a difference? We want to support the fragile ecosystem of the Himalayas. Many teahouses burn wood to heat their water for cooking and hot showers and we avoid these. This in turn contributes to deforestation, associated erosion and loss of biodiversity. That is why 30 years ago, we pioneered the use of only kerosene above and below the tree-line – to ensure that we are loyal to our policies of making a minimal impact on the environment. Also, we want to stay off the beaten track. We believe that you will get a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural beauty of your surroundings if you are away from the hordes which follow the ‘tea-house trails.’

Permanent eco-campsites in the Everest Region:
Ensure the environmental footprint of our permanent campsites is significantly smaller than that of tea house/lodge based treks through close scrutiny of the following components:
Fuel for cooking & heating - all by kerosene & pot belly stoves (fuelled by dried animal dung)
Water usage: all campsites use a rainwater tank
Waste management: all non-biodegradable refuse is carried out & we use composting toilets.
Minimise deforestation to:
Reduce the threat to the biodiversity of the regions flora and fauna.
Reduce the risk of landslips, which can be catastrophic for villages.
Contribute in a positive way to social, cultural and economic aspects of life for the Sherpa people by providing employment and training, purchasing goods locally and interacting with the local people respectfully and with high regard.

To set the benchmark, demonstrating how commercial trekking groups should be operating in this delicate environment.

Our pioneering Porter Policy
Porters are an integral part of your trip, and we have a close association with the IPPG, IMEC and Porters Progress to improve the conditions for porters. As well as paying our guides out of season, and an above-average take-home wage, our porter welfare supplement includes insurance, all meals on trek, appropriate clothing and accommodation for ALL our porters on all our treks. Their safety and comfort is as important to us as our customers.

We have committed US $3000 to sponsor the Porter Rescue Post at Machermo which has been set up by the IPPG. This facility is for the benefit of sick or injured porters in the Everest region and building has already started.

Our Responsible Travel Guidebook
Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while traveling.

Global Warming and Carbon Balancing
The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely.

By joining this trek you can be assured that you will not be contributing to deforestation or the associated soil erosion and loss of biodiversity but rather you'll be making a significant contribution by supporting our efforts to set the standards for a sustainable trekking service.

5 Reviews of Everest hiking vacation

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Awe-inspiring mountains, glorious sunsets and beautiful views from the moment you woke to the moment you went to bed.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Prepare physically, read the instructions and pack your bags according to the guidelines.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Definitely! The porters were well looked after, had good clothing, decent meals and shelter supplied by the travel company. There were plenty of opportunities to buy food and souvenirs produced locally and all our rubbish was collected throughout the day and burned. This company is wonderful at reducing environmental impact and looking after its staff.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

11/10! I cannot praise the organisation, leadership, care and ethos of this company highly enough.

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2007 by

This was an excellent trip, very well organised and handled locally in difficult circumstances when we found ourselves in the heaviest snowfall in the Everest region for 5 years and plans had to be changed. Exciting stuff!!!

Great support from locals, and sensitivity to them and the environment from the organisation. 4 stars. Definitely recommended.

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2006 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The panoramic views of all the key mountains (Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Shortse, Thamerserku, Ama Dablem, etc) near the Ama Dablam base camp.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Leave all your cares and expectations behind and just go with the flow.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes - benefited the local economy. HOWEVER - I have some concerns as to how the rubbish were being disposed of. In some instances they were being burnt and there were some items that could not be burnt e.g. plastics. Also sometimes the rubbish were tipped 'behind the bushes'. At this point I started to keep my own rubbish and take them back to hotel in Kathmandu. The policy for rubbish could be better explained and managed.

Read the operator's response here:

Many thanks for your feedback. It is important for us to receive both positive and negative feedback from our guests, and acting upon negative feedback enables us to make improvements. In Nepal we have worked tirelessly to ensure our vacations are as environmentally friendly as possible. This is the first case of irresponsible rubbish disposal and as a result all our staff and guides have been reminded about our policy and furnished with a copy of our Responsible Travel booklet, to serve as a reminder what our company expects from our staff. In future I wish to assure all future trekkers that we shall be ensuring that this will be rectified in the future.

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2006 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Most exciting: first clear view of Everest, most memorable: moonlight and starlight on Everest etc from camp at 4400 metres (the best trip to the toilet tent ever!!).

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be fit enough and get good at packing in a small space!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Local employment and some income to local trades achieved.

4. Any other comments?

4 stars, the trek was great. Flights can be very delayed round Kathmandu and so be prepared that you may miss connections.

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2005 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Getting to heights of 4500 metres and also meeting a few climbing expeditions on their way to Everest.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Make sure you are absolutely fit. They recommend fitness sessions of 4 hours a week, up to 4 months of departure, you will need it!!!!!!!!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Well up to 16 sherpa's, guides etc. were employed and I know that the loads they have to carry is not as much as a commercial load, also they get better food, clothing etc. This trip was certainly better for the environment than staying in the teahouses, as the latter probably still use wood as fuel, rather than kerosene, and that has some long term damaging effects to the nature there.

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