We have led thousands of people to Everest Base Camp over the years! These twenty reasons will show you why you should choose Ian Taylor Trekking to make this journey to the base of the highest mountain in the world. We are selling out on some of our Everest Base Camp Treks 12 months in advance because we have our own full time staff, more acclimatization and success rates second to none. We use the better lodges and are available to our clients to give them all the information they need before the trek. Read some REVIEWS HERE.
1). Our Team
We have four guides for every group of ten trekkers on the trail! This is not the norm in the region and we do this because we want to make sure all of our teams have the best chance at safely reaching their goal. With more staff on the trail with your team, they will be able to more efficiently manage your safety on the trail and also give you a better experience along the way.
We do not outsource any of our treks and we have our own office in Kathmandu and our own staff who manage all of our trips. Therefore, this gives us far more consistency in our service on the ground. We have world class climbing Sherpa’s working with us and therefore, this helps us offer you quality treks, climbs and expeditions on every trip. Why not join one of our sleeping at Everest Base Camp Treks.
2). Supporting the Community
We continue to support the local community and have helped to establish the Goli Village Trust in Nepal. This was put into place after the earthquake in 2015, when the Village where many of our staff have come from was devastated. We have built two schools in the Goli region and we have placed stoves in over 60 homes. We do need donations and help, therefore if you would like to donate, set up a trek to the village, give funds, clothes or school items, then get in touch. Please let us know and we can help you figure out how you can best help!
3). Quality Trips
We run only run quality treks with more staff, better lodges and better food. Read some REVIEWS from our trips. You can also watch our Food and Accommodation video for further information. A lot of times people are only given the same food each day for every meal, and we don’t do this. You are allowed to pick what you eat for each meal to make sure that your dietary needs are met.
We pay our staff correctly and do not over load them with weight. Also, we use Yaks to carry all the loads where possible and we do not cut corners on any aspects of our treks or climbs. There will be a maximum of 10 people per group on our trips and we have 4 guides and support staff for 10 people.
4). Expert Training Advice
We offer personal service with training advice for our clients, 5 days a week. A lot of people underestimate the trek to Everest, and rely on helicopters to get them out of the region when they become too tired to continue. We do not want to see this happen with our clients. Therefore, we want to make sure that you have the best information on how to complete the trek safely and successfully.
There are some long 8+ hour days, covering over 20km with over 700m/ 2,296 feet of up and down hill on steps or stairs while on the trail. We have professional training advice available to you 5 days a week. All you have to do is e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can schedule calls with you as often as needed once you sign up to our trips.
5). Sleeping in Everest Base Camp
We are the first trekking company to be able to offer an option for you to Sleep one night in Everest Base Camp! This is a very unique and special opportunity for trekkers as it has only been reserved for expedition team members in the past. However, we do want to limit our footprint in Base Camp, so we do only offer a limited number of these trips a year. Having the opportunity to wake up at the base of the worlds highest mountain is one not to be missed!
6). Trek with an Everest Summiteer
Why not sign up to one of the trips that Ian personally leads? You can walk through the region with someone who not only has gone to Base Camp over 35 times, but also has reached the top of Mount Everest! Ian usually leads two Everest Base Camp treks a year, combined with an Island Peak ascent which he has completed over 17+ climbs, and if you book far enough in advance, you could join him! Sign up and get access today. READ MORE.
7). 25 Years Experience
We have years of experience managing teams on the ground in Nepal. Our head guide has been at the forefront of tourism in Nepal for over 25 years. He is well connected on the ground with access to all the key organization and authorities. He is also passionate about the Sherpa culture, experience and preserving these traditions.
Anyone who has trekked with Dawa Chirri Sherpa will never forget it! Even if you just get to spend time in Kathmandu with him, you will love and cherish the experience. Dawa is married to Kay from Scotland, and they run our office together in Kathmandu. All of our clients joining trips to Everest Base Camp will experience the hospitality and quality service we have to offer.
8). Fully Trained Staff
All of our guides hold current Wilderness First Aid Certificates. They are able to get you the help you need in case of an emergency. Also, our guides will carry satellite and local phones with them. We bring oxygen on all our treks and climbs and the tea houses we use also house supplies of oxygen for emergencies. We lead climbs on Island peak, Mera Peak, Lobuche, Tent Peak, North Col, Cho Oyu and so many more. You need to have access to oxygen and team who have additional support staff members available to assist you while you are on the trek to Mount Everest. Read some REVIEWS from our treks to Everest.
9). Quality Gear
On our Sleeping in Base Camp trips, we use quality, North Face Tents on all our trekking and mountaineering itineraries in Nepal. We do have the option for a single tent for your night sleeping in Base Camp, however all accommodation are on a shared basis. Our Everest Treks are in the better lodges, however, if you are in a private group, you can chose to camp all the way if you prefer.
10). 4 Star Hotel in Kathmandu
We include two nights in a hotel in four star hotel in Kathmandu. One night before your trek and one night after. All of our trips are on a shared basis, but if you prefer a single room, this can be offered at an additional cost. We use the Yatri Suites and Spa in Thamel, which is the main tourist district of the city. You can also upgrade to 5 star hotel option if you like, just ask us for further information.
11). Better Lodges
There is a wide range of accommodations in the Everest Region. Some of these are of a very poor quality/standard and we stay away from those! We use the better accommodations when available. All of the tea houses we use come with a pillow and comforter on your bed. You still need to have your own sleeping bag with you, but these better tea houses will provide a cleaner and more comfortable option along the way. We use Hotel Namche for the four nights we spend in Namche Bazaar. Three nights on the way up and one night on the way down the trail. Sleeping is a very important part of the acclimatization process and therefore getting to bed early and getting as much rest as possible is very important.
12). We Run over 30 Treks to Everest Base Camp per Year
We have the experience and expertise to run over 30 treks a year to Base Camp. Ian Taylor Trekking are a well known and respected company in the region. Because of this, we get preferential treatment with everything from flights in/out of Kathmandu, to helicopters and room availability in the tea houses. Many companies without this experience bring you into the region and don’t even have tea houses booked beforehand. This could ultimately leave you stuck without a place to stay during busy times. We would never put our clients in this predicament… we are always booked beforehand to offer you a no-stress experience!
13). Three Meals a Day
Food in the Everest Region has become increasingly more and more expensive. All of our trips include three, two course meals each day on the trail. Therefore, you do not have to worry about bringing extra funds for your food. READ MORE information about our food service on the trek. We can guarantee quality food throughout the trek because we use the better lodges available and they provide a higher standard of meals. Making sure you get enough food on the trail is very important. Therefore, we provide all your meals as part of your trip.
14). More Acclimatization
We have learned after years of experience that people need more time to acclimatize to the lower levels of oxygen, in order to have a safe and successful trip. Therefore, we now include three nights in Namche Bazaar at 3,500m/ 11,500 feet. This will help to give your body the time it needs to acclimatize correctly. Most companies are not doing this and we have seen over the years that it is a main factor in why more people on our trips are making it to Base Camp! We also include two nights in Dingbouche at 4,350m/ 14,271 feet, giving you the best chance of success!
15). Animals not Porters
We use animals instead of people to carry your duffel bag on the way to and from Everest Base Camp. The Yaks will carry up to 15kg/33 pounds of your personal gear on the trail. We will send you our 45 page dossier covering all aspects of the trip. This will also include an itemized kit list for you to review. We are available to speak with you on the phone or Skype get the right gear for your trek. Watch our PACKING VIDEO and do let us know if you have any questions.
16). Celebration Meal
We like to treat all of our teams to a celebratory meal at the end of your trek in Kathmandu! Ian’s favorite restaurant to enjoy after he is in the mountains is Fire and Ice Pizza Restaurant. Most of our teams will have the meal there as you can enjoy some delicious pizza after the trek (maybe even have a delicious mojito). This meal is included in the trip. You will be presented with your Everest Base Camp certificate of achievement and we will enjoy a beautiful meal before heading back to the hotel or a night out on the town.
17). Different Itinerary Options
We have multiple options for itineraries to Everest Base Camp. You can join our regular trek itinerary, Sleeping in Base Camp itinerary, Gokyo Lakes Itinerary or the Three Passes Trek! We can also tailor your trip to suit your needs for a private group. Therefore, if you have 4 or more people joining a trip, we can cater your private itinerary at no extra cost!
18). The Best Sherpa Team
If you want learn about the Sherpa people, then you have to hang out with Sherpa people. Our team of Sherpa guides and assistant guides are happy and proud to talk to you about the Sherpa people, culture and way of life! We have been working with our teams in Nepal for over 10 years now. They are some of the most wonderful and knowledgeable people you will meet in the region. Most of our teams also take the time in Namche Bazaar to visit Kanchha Sherpa, the only remaining Sherpa from the first Everest expedition. Giving you a chance to hear from him and ask questions of what it was like then!
19). Small Group Sizes
We only work with small group sizes. The maximum number of people per team will be 10 people. Some of our groups are even less people with only 6 or 8 team members. This will therefore give you are more personalized experience on the trail to Everest Base Camp. You can move as a team and experience more of this world class trail.
20). Private Groups with Free Space
We have an amazing opportunity for private groups of 10 or more hikers to get one free space! Therefore, if you are a part of a hiking group, walking club, group of friends or family that all want to go to Base Camp, gather 10 other paying clients to go and we will give one space for free! You can read more about this offer HERE.