Why trek to Everest Base Camp?
Why choose KE to trek to Everest Base Camp?
We have 25 years experience taking our clients to Everest base Camp
Independent trekking specialist
All our Base Camp trekking groups visit the REAL Everest Base Camp
Our holidays include all meals even lunches and dinners while in Kathmandu
Option to stay in lodges or camping
Excellent client feedback - read what our clients say about their Everest experience
First class guides and trek crews
Best and widest range of routes for reaching Everest Base Camp
Camp or Lodge?
Once upon a time if you wanted to look upon the greatest mountain on the planet you had little option but to camp or stay in very basic tea houses. These days it is possible to trek all the way to the base camp of Everest staying in the comfort of lodges run by local Sherpas. Mostly these lodges have heated dining areas that are often attractively decorated with paintings and locally made textiles. Accommodation is basic but clean in unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag. The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities and these are sometimes located in a separate building to the main lodge. Note also that some lodges use continental style toilets and may require self-flushing with water buckets. Some lodges offer hot showers (for an additional charge) and battery charging facilities (also extra). Staying at the lodges is a great way to meet fellow hikers and the locals but it should be remembered that this is still a very remote area and facilities can be basic.
Many trekkers still prefer to camp and there are advantages to this style of trekking. One of the principal benefits of a camping trips is that you travel with your own trek crew, kitchen, cooks and Sherpas who look after the group. If you have not been on a Nepal trek before you may be surprised at the level of comfort on a camping trip. We use spacious dome tents (a three person tent for two people) and these are put up and taken down for you by the trek crew who will also bring you a cup of tea or coffee to wake you in the morning. There is always plenty of hot water for washing and for a hot water bottle! A tent is your own private space in a way that a room in a lodge cannot be. Camping groups will still have the option to use the facilities of a nearby lodge such as showers, battery charging etc, and where a lodge has a heated dining room, camping groups will make use of this to take their meals although still prepared by their own cooks. In this way a camping group can have the best of both worlds.
KE is one of the few companies to offer the choice of camping or lodges on the Everest Base Camp trek and also on the extended route via the Gokyo Lakes and the Cho La pass. On the more wilderness trekking option, ‘Everest the Hard Way’, where the lodges are very basic, camping remains the best and most comfortable option.