Scrambling on low angled terrain of a low technical nature, on snow or rock. Ropes may occasionally be used. Climbers do not need previous experience but do need an ability to move over rough ground.
Short steep sections that will require a rope. Basic snow/ice/rock climbing. We recommend that climbers are familiar with ice axe and crampon techniques and/or basic rock climbing techniques although this can often be taught during the trip.
Steep terrain that requires moderate level climbing skills on snow/ice/rock. Emphasis on good cramponing skills. Will need experience with rope techniques including rappelling/abseiling and snow camping techniques.
Extensive steep terrain. Climber to be capable of following multi pitch climbs and have rope management skills, belay techniques, climbing calls, rappelling/abseiling skills and alpine bivouac and snow camping techniques.
Extreme terrain. Climber will have extensive experience on rock or ice and a complete understanding of anchors and protection techniques and a high degree of comfort following longer difficult sections of ice and/or rock in alpine gear with a pack.
A level of fitness sufficient to carry a light pack (10kg/22lb) and be capable of moving for several hours at a stretch with short stops every hour. Training would include regular walking on hills and gym work to develop strength: light running, swimming and biking.
Defined as one who exercises regularly although not necessarily to a really high level, capable of carrying a pack weighing 18kg/40lb for several hours. Regular cardiovascular exercise (3-4 times a week gym/bike/stairs) and include pack carrying on rough ground once a week.
A high standard of fitness. Capable of climbing with a heavy pack (25kg/55lb) for extended periods in mountain conditions. High level of training specific to climbing that would include heavy pack carrying over rough terrain and other preparation such as regular gym/pool/bike training.
Excellent level of fitness from participants who would have an ongoing commitment to training and maintaining fitness specific to climbing. Expect long days in extreme conditions. Preparation would include heavy pack carrying, specific conditioning through rock and/or ice climbing and habitual cardio vascular exercise.
up to 5,554m / 18,221ft
- Highly resourced trek using superior hotels and alpine `safari’ camps
- Trek to Everest Base Camp then fly out by helicopter
- Maximum group size of 6
- A truly memorable experience of a lifetime
The Everest region is stunningly beautiful and a trek to Everest Base Camp is well worth the effort at least once in this lifetime! The journey starts with your arrival into Kathmandu where we show you our pick of the highlights of this ancient and fascinating city.
You have options to stay in first class hotels in Kathmandu before flying by B3 helicopter into the Khumbu valley where we begin the trek and take in views the world’s most dramatic skylines!
Throughout this journey we utilise superior lodging in the lower villages and at higher elevations you will stay in luxurious tent camps, supported by our attentive catering staff, with fine meals of fresh local and imported foods.
Our knowledgeable and personable expedition guide will show you the hidden secrets of the Everest region and lead the local crew to make this a truly memorable experience of a lifetime. While the trek to Everest Base Camp is a physical undertaking that takes some effort, this option enables you to experience this fantastic journey in comparative luxury.
We are renowned for the quality of our service and strategy applied to our expeditions. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every trip to offer our trekkers the best possible experience.
"Base Camp was amazing!! I loved the food, facilities and all the wonderful people who served us while we were there – the food was wonderful – it couldn’t be improved on in any way shape or form and will always be a magical and memorable 2 days in my life. Thank you so much to everyone who was there...."
Theresa Martinovich (New Zealand), Everest Base Camp Trek 2014