9 Reasons To Book Everest Base Camp Trek With Visit Himalaya Treks
Are you trying to find the best Everest Base Camp tour but unsure who to go with? We were the same too. There’s so many Everest Base Camp trek companies, that we ended up going with Visit Himalaya Treks.
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Everest Base Camp Best Time Of Year To Visit
The season is either April – May or September – October. The latter tends to have better weather (so I’m told) but no one will be at Base Camp itself as the season for climbing to the summit is between April – May.
When we went at end April-early May, we had blue skies in the morning, then by lunchtime we had anything from rain, clouds, snow, wind.
Essentially, by booking with a Nepalese company isn’t only ethical as we had both a local guide and local porter, but there’s lots of incredible pro’s in doing so that they need their own points in this list.
Most Western companies put you together with other people from different countries on the Everest Base Camp hike. You could be spending 13 days with people that might drive you up the wall and you won’t be able to do anything about it.
When booking your Everest Base Camp trek with Visit Himalaya Treks, you’ll get your own personal service.
Visit Himalaya Treks don’t only provide an incredible local service, they are the experts. Even the owner’s uncle took Sir Edmund Hillary to Base Camp and even owns the record for running from Kathmandu to the to Everest Base Camp Camp in just three days. Mind blowing really as it’s a long, long way!!
Visit Himalaya Treks have also spent a lot of time and money repairing schools and villages from the 2015 Earthquake.
2. The Owner Of Visit Himalaya Treks Is A Trekker Too
Visit Himalaya Treks owner, Himal Tamang (far right) during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek in 2016.
Himal Tamang, the owner of Visit Himalaya Treks, has spent his life from being a porter to working his way up as a guide and is now running his own company. He knows exactly what the customer wants from first hand experience.
He’s worked with international companies like KE Adventure so he has a huge range of experience. Because of this, his company has an amazing tailored approach.
3. Get Your Own Personalised Everest Base Camp Trek
I learnt that if you book with a Western company, they will almost certainly group you with other strangers (we met many people along the path who had been grouped together). This means you’ll essentially have to spend 13 days with other random people whether you like it or not.
Because we booked with Visit Himalaya Treks, we didn’t only have our own local guide and porter, we could call our own shots.
We could stop whenever we wanted for photos (our guide even became our photographer!!), take breaks whenever we wanted, wake up when we wanted, have meals whenever we wanted, go at our own pace – it was amazing!
I’ve not been on a personalised trek before and boy, what a difference it made.
I saw loads of big groups and I just felt sorry for them as they stormed passed the jaw dropping views just to keep up with the rest of them. We were able to really enjoy the trek without the pressure of anyone else.
Himal knows that if you put strangers together on a trek, it can cause some problems. Everyone wants the most memorable experience and he knows how to do it with this service.
4. You Don’t Need To Organise A Thing
Visit Himalaya Treks have a service that will have your entire trip sorted. All you need to do is book your return international flights.
They’ll pick you up from Kathmandu airport, organise a hotel, sightseeing days, flights to Lukla where the trek starts, all of your accom and food during the trek, the guide and porter, park fees, and they offer free trekking poles and more.
This made it a lot easier because I can tell you, after trekking 8 hours, you don’t want to be looking for accommodation each night, and if you do the trek by yourself, you’ll have to pre-arrange accommodation because everywhere along the path books out days in advance. Essentially, it could be a nightmare!
Our guide called the best hotels along the trek to ensure we got the best rooms and I wouldn’t have done the trek any other way since I recently did it.
5. Everest Base Camp Packing List
Not sure what to actually take on the Everest Base Camp hike? Our amazing guide actually came to our hotel the day before the trek started to see what we were actually bringing with us.
He made sure we didn’t over pack so that the porter wouldn’t be carrying unnecessary items. The guilt will be there when you see the porter carrying your stuff all day, everyday for 13 days!
We were even supplied bags by Visit Himalaya Treks to put our stuff in (the black North Face bag above) so we only needed to bring our day pack.
We often asked and our guide how much further it was to walk each day and he was absolutely spot on every single time we asked. This mentally helped us a lot each day.
We often had people doing the trek by themselves asking us for directions. Our guide also knew when we needed to get up each day to start trekking which really helped because sleep will become precious during the long days.
7. Learn About The Nepalese Himalayas Culture
Because we didn’t have a group of strangers on our trek, our guide spent time showing us loads of cool local things, like an amazing Monastery in the mountains, to just sitting and watching local kids playing football in a village or watching a school sing the Nepalese national anthem in Namche Bazar.
Time wasn’t a priority so we could really enjoy learning about the Nepalese culture as well as really appreciating every single second of the trek.
8. Off the beaten path
Because we had a personalised trek, we could actually tailor it to how we wanted. If you don’t want to stay in busy hotels you don’t have to.
We ended up changing the schedule towards the end because the day we were finally meant to go to Everest Base Camp, it was absolutely freezing with cold wind and snow.
It wasn’t going to be a fun experience, so we told our guide we wanted to go the next day. Because we weren’t in a big group, we could do this meaning we were able to trek to Everest Base Camp without the crowds on the most beautiful sunny, blue sky morning. It was incredible having that final path all to ourselves.
9. Our Guide Became Our Friend
Our guide, Krishna wasn’t only our guide but he became our friend.
We chatted about our lives and how different our cultures were, something I think we both wished we had parts of, but it felt like we were doing this trek together and nothing else.
He was especially amazing when Steve got ill during the trek, he fixed our broken zipped sleeping bags when we really needed them in -C weather, and he spent all day with us until we actually told him to go and rest or take some time for himself.
Krishna even bought and carried apples for us to eat every single day after dinner. Carrying 13 apples in your bag is heavy in itself and it was a very thoughtful touch.
He was also very patient and made sure I made it up Kala Patthar Mountain when I was crying my eyes out that I couldn’t make it. He knew how much I wanted to do it and never once told me to turn around. I was pleased that he refrained from this.
Krishna’s caring nature really was second to none and you’d be mad not to book with Visit Himalaya Treks just to have Krishna as your guide.