5 independent reviews for Everest hiking holiday

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review 26 Apr 2011

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

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 travellers booking this holiday?

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

3. Did you feel that your holiday 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 holiday overall?

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

review 23 Feb 2007

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.

review 14 Apr 2006

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

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 travellers booking this holiday?

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

3. Did you feel that your holiday 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 holidays 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.

review 24 Feb 2006

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

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 travellers booking this holiday?

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

3. Did you feel that your holiday 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.

review 10 Apr 2005

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

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 travellers booking this holiday?

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 holiday 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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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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