YOU MUST BE IN TOP PHYSICAL CONDITION
This is a tough and very challenging trek. While participants of all ages have joined Tusker’s trek to Everest Base Camp, but it demands that you are in top physical form. The terrain is rugged and steep requiring a total ascent from 9,300 to 18,519 feet where you will traverse exposed areas. Hiking up to 8 hours daily includes substantial daily altitude gains and losses, with extreme weather adding to the challenge. Optimal physical condition and past comparable hiking experience are critical.
Every night along the trail in the Khumbu Valley you stay in comfortable family-run lodges that we have been staying at for many years. While the lodges are unpretentious, they provide you with all you need – a bed, a cozy place to rest after a hard day on the trail, and the occasional shower.
Namche is generally considered the gateway to Everest. You and the team spend two nights here and at Dingboche, a valuable strategy to help you acclimatize to the higher altitude, which is vital to achieving your goal of reaching Base Camp. The bustling Namche streets are also a great place to shop for local Sherpa handicrafts.
Mingma our Nepali guide was excellent. It was fun to see him revered by his peers. I feel like he gave us extra opportunities, such as meeting Peter Hillary, because he is known and respected. I believe we were so successful in getting nearly everyone to the end because of our guides. We all went to them with any issues immediately and they were able to take care of things” 5-Star Review by “Nancy S.”
“Guides Mingma, Kombe, and Shabane were excellent. Mingma was incredibly knowledgeable about the trek, the people, the culture, and knew how to be a strong leader with such a large group. He had amazing attention to detail. They all were dedicated and always available for any small problems. So grateful to everyone for all their hard work. ” – 5-Star Review by “Teresa”
We all know that trekking in the wilderness to altitude has inherent risk, and to mitigate the risk you need to be knowledgeable, experienced, and prepared. That’s why we fly our safety guiding team from Kilimanjaro to Nepal, and they ensure that you and your fellow trekkers get properly acclimatized and stay healthy during your trek.We developed our safety protocols and guide training by leading 47 years of high altitude climbs on Mount Kilimanjaro. Thousands of our climbers have reached high altitudes on our treks and climbs. Knowing that your guides have your back is the key to the enjoyment and success of your challenge.
Up in the mountains, even when everything looks smooth, nature can throw us a curve-ball. Over the years we’ve learned that it’s smart to have backup plans for backup plans, just in case. If you require an emergency evacuation you are covered by Ripcord. These folks have been our go-to for years, and they’ve got a solid track record. Plus, their founders are former US Special Forces, so they know a thing or two about being prepared. You are automatically enrolled in membership with Ripcord. Read below and learn how they aced the 2015 Nepal earthquake evacuation for our entire team. We’ve got your back.
At 11 am on April 25, 2015, 16 Tusker trekkers, 12 porters and 3 guides were enjoying lunch at Gorak Shep at 16,942-ft/4,915-m before heading out for a 2-hour hike to Base Camp. At 11:56, as they were finishing up, they were rocked by a deafening boom and jarred by the force of a huge avalanche just a few miles away. Nepal had just been rocked by a massive 7.8 earthquake – the most powerful and deadly in living memory. Tusker’s seasoned guide, Mel Kaida took charge. She checked the group, and no one was injured, but all local communication and transport networks had been crippled.
We contacted the family of each trekker in the group, keeping them up to date about the safety of the group. Meanwhile, Amy contacted Ripcord, our evacuation company, and coordinated a perfectly executed evacuation for the group, involving a Nepalese military helicopter, specially dispatched Ripcord facilitators, and privately organized international flights.
They were the first group out of Nepal and in the air back home, everyone arrived home safely.
“Everest Base Camp with Tusker Trail 2015 Earthquake” – “I recently returned from a trek to Everest Base Camp with Tusker Trail. We were getting ready for our final push up to Base Camp from Gorak Shep when the 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, followed up with a snow blast from the avalanche that killed several climbers at base camp. I cannot say enough good things about Tusker Trail guides Mel Kaida, Migma Sherpa and the crew in Tahoe. Mel was on the satellite phone with Tusker immediately and the motions were in action to get our group out and contact our families at home. Tusker has a contract with Ripcord Rescue and within 4 days we were in a Russian helicopter on our way back to Kathmandu. Mel ‘s professionalism and calm demeaner helped keep everyone focused on getting out safely. Mingma Sherpa was amazing, he found us lodging when our planned lodging had been destroyed. I had summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2012 with Tusker and would highly recommend them for any adventure travel. THANK YOU, TUSKER TRAIL, for keeping us safe!!” – Reviewer – “25tac1958”