Why is Everest Experts the best guide team in Nepal?
Our guides are IFMGA certified Sherpa guides with over 15 years of success on Everest. Sherpas are genetically gifted at high altitude, and our leaders are IFMGA certified, the gold standard in mountain guiding certification. They have acheived several first ascents in the Hamalayas, several trips to the summit of K2.
Over the years, we've seen other guides "herding" their clients up the mountain, to Everest or Annapurna Base Camp, trying to make everyone fit with "their program". Everyone has to move together in close proximity - dare I say, "hand holding". Fast trekkers get upset with slow trekkers, and we've seen some bad vibes as a result! If you fall off schedule due to illness, you risk falling off the expedition altogether.
They do this to save money at the expense of your experience.
At Everest Experts we know that every trekker is different, and we make every attempt to tailor our tour to each trekker's individual style and situation. When problems arise, we try and adapt our schedule accordingly for you - flexibility and individual programming is what sets us apart from the competition.
In 2018, Mikey Foreal got sick on the way to EBC and had to take a helicopter and be hospitalized in Kathmandu. Most companies would have sent him home, but Everest Experts adapted his schedule and ultimately, Mikey reached the summit of Everest on May 14. We treat all our treks with the same importance as our Everest expeditions - making your destination is just as important as reaching the summit of Everest to us and we want you to get there.
We have guided many clients to the top of Everest, each person with their own unique challenges. Our proudest and most unique accomplishment was guiding 70 yr old double amputee Xia Boyu to the summit in 2018. We can accomodate your unique situation and get you to Everest Base Camp.
We are not a one-size-fits-all operator, and you'll notice the difference.
Why is Everest Experts the best value in Nepal?
Many of the leading Everest guiding companies are structured as follows: one or more certified foreign guides with a staff of non-certified Sherpa climber/porters. The foreign guides mostly delegate, while the Sherpas do all the hard work.
IFMGA certified Sherpa guides, we can consolidate certain functions. Essentially, our Sherpas are both the guides and the porters - expect to be surrounded by strong technical experts. Generally speaking, foreign guides don't carry heavy backpacks. By cutting out the genetically inferior, underworked, and therefore overpriced foreign guides, we can pay our Sherpas above premium (ie foreign guide) wages, while charging our customers less than our competitors. It's a win-win for everyone involved (except our foreign guide competition!)
However, we do provide all the benefit of a Canadian-based company in terms of service, security, and administration. Perks that you don't get with the competition: 2 nights/4 star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast. Don't be fooled by the discount operators - you pay for what you get, and saving a small sum isn't worth diminishing the quality of your overall experience. Do it once, do it right.
Simply put, we're the strongest team on Everest, offering a streamlined operation that places highly skilled IFMGA certified Sherpa guides in leadership roles, while maintaining all the benefits of a Canadian-based company.
Why is Everest Experts the best administrative team in the business?
Offering the peace-of-mind of a Canadian-based company, our admin staff is second to none. Managed by lawyer, finance executive and alpinist, Mikey Foreal, JD/MBA/Everest2018, you can be certain that you are in the best hands. Our understanding of alpinism, professional capacity, attention to detail and desire to exceed your expectations is unrivalled.
What is your Trekking setup like?
When comfort is key on long expeditions, Everest Experts goes the extra distance to make you feel at home.
Our trekking accomodations on the way to Annapurna Sanctuary are the best available tea-huts, often with toilet/shower facilities in room - a rarity in Nepal! Food on the trek is ordered off the menu by you - order as much as you can eat! If you have any dietary restrictions or preferences we will certainly do whatever we can to meet your requests. Only carry your daypack on the trek, the rest is delivered for you.
There's usually full WIFI or cell access on the trek, so keeping your mind occupied, and staying connected with your family and loved ones is easy with. We also have radio communication and sat phone, in addition to solar electricy generation to keep you connected and powered.
What experience and preparation is required for this trek?
Annapurna Sanctuary is a moderate undertaking and should not be underestimated.
You'll be hiking to 4130m - not extremely high, but not extremely low either. Getting there requires a week of daily hiking for several hours. You need to have a moderate level of fitness.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is not the place to get into shape. Poorly prepared trekkers place themselves at risk and can become a liability for their team. If Annapurna Base Camp is your ultimate goal, please speak with us about designing a program to get you the skills, fitness, and experience to get there and back safely. Ask us about your next adventure!