Everest Base Camp Trekking Company

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A number of years ago, I started having a fascination with Mount Everest. Everything from the fact that it is the tallest mountain on earth to the sheer guts and determination it must take to even start a journey to the summit intrigued me.  The mountain itself is a draw, but so is the rich culture and the dramatic landscapes that lie within the Sagarmatha National Park.  While climbing to the peak might be a stretch for most people, a trek to Everest Base Camp is well within reach for anyone that is looking to check off one of the seven wonders of the world from their bucket list.

Mount Everest in the background.
Everest Base Camp is visable under thes tallest mountains in the world.

The Perfect Trekking Company

As I began my research, I read what seemed like millions of blog posts, reviews, articles and even watched dozens of YouTube videos.  It was important for me to get a feel for what the trek would entail both logistically and physically.  Being in a foreign country and hiking literally into thin air was a daunting task.  I had never experienced any type of altitude and this would be my first visit to Nepal.  While it is possible to do the trek entirely on your own; carrying your gear, arranging accommodation, and navigating the trails I opted to chose a trekking company that would get us to base camp and back safely.  I scoured the web comparing prices and weighing different trekking packages and overall there are many great companies out there.  I, however, want to give a raving review of Life Himalaya Trekking and convince you that this is the company you want to take you to Everest Base Camp.

The Everest Base Camp sign in Gorak Shep heading towards Mount Everest.
The view leaving Gorakshep.

Planning The Trek

There weren’t many reviews of Life Himalaya on the internet, but when I sent out the initial inquiry I received a response almost immediately.  Shiba, the owner of Life Himalaya, was very attentive to every detail leading up to our arrival in Kathmandu. All correspondence was done through email and Shiba was always great about getting back to me with any questions or problems I had during the planning process.  You’ll obviously need a passport for your travels to Nepal and you’ll obtain your visa upon arrival in Kathmandu.  All payments can be done through their secure website or if you prefer you can pay in person when you get there with cash (this is what I did).  They can accommodate large or small groups.  We were a group of three and had another amazing woman join us from the USA.  We didn’t know her beforehand, but we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect person to join us on our trek!

Hikers posing for a photo along the Everest Base Camp trekking route.
Life Himalaya Trekking made the trip so enjoyable! Always ready to take our picture!

Arriving In Kathmandu

Arriving in Kathmandu, we were greeted right outside of the airport by our guide Birsha who drove us to our hotel in Thamel, which is the touristy area of the city. Literally, from this point onward we did not have to think about anything during the entire trek.  Shiba and Birsha took care of everything from our accommodations to our meals.  Our hotel in Thamel was modern, clean, equipped with free wifi and was right off the main street close to shopping and restaurants.  After settling in, we had a pre-trek meeting where Shiba went over logistics for the week with us and we even received a free weather-proof duffel bag and a Life Himalaya Trekking shirt.

After the trek hikers celebrate with certificates from Life Himalaya Trekking.
Life Himalaya Trekking closing ceremony.

Trekking To Everest Base Camp

During the entire trek, Birsha handled everything for us and catered to anything we needed.  All meals and accommodation are included in the price so we were able to choose from anything on the teahouse menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Birsha was also very aware of how we were handling the altitude and wanted to make sure we were all feeling strong before we would continue on. Every morning he would ask how we were feeling and every night he would record our oxygen levels as well as our heart rate to make sure we were all within a safe range. He kept a great pace the entire time and made sure to take plenty of pictures for us. Our Sherpas were equally as incredible and I’m still amazed at how fast they were able to get to the next destination and secure our rooms for the night.

Trekkers celebrating after making it to Everest Base Camp with Life Himalaya Trekking.
Our guide, Birsha, was absolutely wonderful. He was always looking out for our wellbeing and comfort during the entire trek to Everest Base Camp!

Arriving At Everest Base Camp

Even when we hit some hiccups in our itinerary, Birsha and Shiba were able to accommodate us with anything we needed.  I really want to stress this because had we not been with Life Himalaya we might still be stuck up in the mountains.  Weather is always a huge factor with travel, but even slight unfavorable conditions could call for all helicopters or planes to be grounded due to safety.  Our initial helicopter flight down the mountain from Gorakshep to Lukla was canceled and we were stuck at 16,900′ for an extra night.  Even with all the teahouses filled to capacity, Birsha was able to snag us sleeping arrangements for the unexpected sleepover under Everest. The following day our flight from Lukla to Kathmandu was also canceled, but Life Himalaya was able to book us rooms for the extra night as well as provide us with a few extra meals.  Finally,  our flight to get back to Kathmandu was delayed   Shiba was able to secure us a spot on a helicopter to get us back to Kathmandu so that we would not miss our long-haul flight back home.

Helicopter flies from Everest Base Camp.
Taking off from Gorakshep in a helicopter was one of the most exhilarating things I’ve ever done! Life Himalaya Trekking is one of the few companies that offer this activity for a fair price.

Trust The Best

Again, I can not say enough amazing things about Life Himalaya! If Everest Base Camp is on your bucket list at some point in the near future, I highly recommend trusting Life Himalaya. They will get you safely up and down the mountain while enjoying every minute of your time in one of the most amazing places on earth!

For more inspiration, check out my favorite photos from the trek to base camp HERE.

21 thoughts on “Everest Base Camp Trekking Company”

  1. Love the photos! I have done ABC and been told EBC should be the next step but because of the trash issue, I wasn’t too convinced. But your post looks great!

    1. impulse4adventure

      Thank you! It’s funny, I feel like everyone keeps mentioning the trash issue lately. I went a year ago and don’t remember seeing much trash at all?!

    1. impulse4adventure

      It’s tough to say because altitude can affect even the most in shape person. I had trouble at around 11,000’ when we first flew into the mountain. But I was coming from sea level. I felt better as we went up and I was able to acclimate. I think it’s important to train your cardiovascular system as much as possible before hand (running/HIIT) and then take it slow and listen to your body on the way up and you should be fine! The hike itself is only around 40ish miles spread over a week so that part of it is easy. It’s the altitude! Oh and always listen to your guide because they know best!!! ?

  2. Congratulation for making it! It is on my bucket list as well, but I think I still have some training to do, before I do it. I love hiking and your photos look stunning. Glad the company worked out. It is often the most important thing is on such a trip.

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  5. acclimatization during
    Muktinath Temple is very important. You are sleeping an average altitude of 4600 meters for 5 nights during EBC trek. Sleeping on this height is dangerous for any normal person who is not used to such altitude. During EBC trek we sleep in 4900 meters and 5150 meters in Lobuche and Gorakshep, if someone not properly acclimatized then there is a high chance of getting AMS (acute mountain sickness). It is compulsory to take minimum 2 acclimatization days during Everest Base Camp Trek 15 days.

  6. Thank you for sharing your Everest journey with us, would be of great help to many of the who would be planning to Everest base camp anytime soon, Am sur it must be thriller experience. Apart from that could you please share about the precautions you took and health treatment before and after the trek.

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