Everest trekking holiday, Everest Circuit
Description of Everest trekking holiday, Everest Circuit
Our Everest trekking holiday, a small group tour over 21 days, combines many elements of Himalayan expeditions, enabling our guests to take on a magnificent circuit. This carefully crafted itinerary, where you stay in eco lodges and eco camps along the way, incorporates the climb to Everest Base Camp, a crossing of the iconic Cho La Pass and also ascents of Gokyo Ri (5483m) and Kala Pattar. The latter is famous for being the most accessible point for a close up view of Everest, even though it is not categorised as an actual mountain, it is still at an elevation of 5,664m.
Every day on this Everest trekking holiday will bring you spectacular views, some of the great peaks in sight including Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Cholatse and Ama Dablam. This trekking holiday is categorised as moderate to challenging and you will be fully supported by our expert team of local guides and porters.
We work closely with the IPPG, IMEC and Porters Progress to improve conditions for porters and also pay our guides fairly as well as out of season, Read our responsible tourism statement below for more details.
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PlanetWe stay 7 nights in our permanent exclusive camps, 3 nights wilderness camping and 8 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 travelling.
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.
PeopleAll our treks in Nepal contribute in a positive way to social, cultural and economic aspects of life for the local people by providing employment and training,
purchasing goods locally and interacting with the local people respectfully and with high regard. Most importantly on a camping based trek in Nepal, we provide more employment than on a tea house trek. We only use local staff that have been trained to a high level. We believe in empowering our staff and making them some of the best trained leaders, cooks and staff in Nepal.
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