Tim knows this area well. He has a lot of history with many tea house owners and in-turn creates a fantastic 3.5 week itinerary which goes well beyond the beaten path. We avoided the main trail and most other trekkers and climbers most of the time. We stayed in wonderful tiny secluded villages, experienced epic high altitude pass crossings and had a couple of really cool camping spots also. I was not a trekker per-se as I was on Tim's Everest Climb but the climbers and trekkers are one team on the way to Base Camp. I have the benefit of being able to compare this to other operators and the main trail as I have done that before. My only problem is that we did not stay in Namche Bazaar on the third night and instead passed straight through it and stayed at a nearby tea-house. Namche is very cool and it is a nice experience for weary trekkers as a last chance to enjoy the comforts of civilisation before spending the rest of the trip in tea-houses. There were a couple personality clashes between Tim and clients which he could have handled better but after three weeks these things happen. Tim's customised off-the-beaten-path trip is top notch. Highly recommended.
I’ve done the Everest Base Camp trek with IMG twice (as well as other trek’s with IMG). They are simply the best. Nobody has the depth and support they have in the Khumbu Valley. As a consequence, they also have the best people working for them. I can absolutely recommend IMG to anybody who has an interest in visiting Nepal, and Everest Base Camp!
I`ve chosen Kalapatthar Trek & Expedition for Everest Base Camp with guide Mr Sujan Manandhar - he speaks both English and French languages. It took me a long time to choose that company, but I`m very satisfied that I`ve did it. You should know that there are so many trekking companies in Nepal. From that company they provide me a very good organization. It was so nice that Mr Manandhar took care of everything that I`ve need. We went up like it was planed, so I had time to acclimatize. We didn`t hurry up. He wanted to be sure that I won`t get sick. The best thing that made me a good impression was that Mr Sujan Manandhar was so sensitive to all of my needs. First, I`m vegan and on that trek I had no troubles with the food. Second, for me, when I go up in the mountains, it is because I need to be more with myself. To find myself, so he was so delicate and didn`t interrupt me. You should know that the Nepalese are so friendly people. They smile all the time and congratulate with ''Namaste". I`d learned a lot from them.
Phil Kirk our guide made the trip enjoyable.He is very knowledgeable about the Everest region .Nothing was too much trouble .The trek is hard but very worth while. Adventure Peaks have everything sorted so you can just sit back and enjoy the trek .