School Trek - Everest Basecamp
Nepal, School Expeditions, 18 days - from £1,795 (land only) - from €2,425 (land only) - from $2,990 (land only)
By: Lauren Cammaert, Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen
The sherpas and porters were always amazing, we could never fault them! The trek was also paced well, there were just the right number of rest days and time in Kathmandu. Our food was always well prepared and plentiful, even if we didn't have an appetite! The cooks made a real effort to produce food that we would eat at home as well as local cuisine so everyone was catered for. I particularly enjoyed Kathmandu because our activities there were so varied: sightseeing tours, visits to temples, just walking around the city, shopping and the restaurants we were taken to! Obviously, getting to Everest Base Camp was a completely unique and amazing experience.
By: Nick Leathers, Eton College
We had a group of young boys and some of the high altitude wa quite testing for them. Our local agent was always helpful and dealt with everything well. The mountain scenery was spectacular. The acclimatisation programme was very goof and few members of the group suffered symptoms of altitude illness. The locals were friendly and some of our sherpas were fantastically friendly and helpful. If I did this again, I would opt to stay in lodges rather than tents.
By: Benedict Burgess-Smith (pupil), Eton College
I enjoyed the atmosphere of the trek and the ease of capability to walk with the sherpas. I enjoyed sleeping in a tent as it was my first time and a new experience. The walking was longer and harder than I expected.