We’re finding that a lot of travellers in their 50s and 60s are still looking to cross the trek to Everest Base Camp off their bucket lists,” says Matthew Yates, a travel specialist at Active Himalayas.
Queenstown, New Zealand (PRWEB) May 01, 2012
The first group returned from trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp earlier this month on Active Himalayas’ inaugural Chomolungma Nepal tour, their latest offering in bucket list travel. The 15 hikers, ranging in age from 37 to 68, were accompanied by a Kiwi trip leader as well as local guides on the iconic 80-mile-return trek in the Khumbu region of Nepal.
Active Himalayas, part of Active Adventures, a leading small group adventure tour operator based in New Zealand, designed the 19-day itinerary with their older clients in mind. “We’re finding that a lot of travellers in their 50s and 60s are still looking to cross the Everest Base Camp trek off their bucket lists,” says Matthew Yates, a travel specialist at Active Himalayas. “This hike, along with the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, are by far the two most popular things that come up when I’m helping people organize trips to the Himalayas,” says Yates.
Trekkers usually start their journey in the Himalayas by flying up to the town of Lukla, located at 2,860 m or 9,383 ft. Everest base camp is located at 5,364 m or 17,598 ft, but many outfitters condense the trek into just 8 to 10 days. Active’s Chomolungma 19-day Nepal tour spreads the Everest Base Camp trek out over a total of 14 days, with several acclimatisation days included along the way. “This allows older and less fit adventurers more time to become better acclimatised and therefore enjoy the trek more than some of the shorter options out there,” says Yates.
There are also advantages in travelling with a New Zealand-based company in the Everest region, according to Yates. Mount Everest, Earth’s highest peak, was first climbed by New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary, with Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, on May 29, 1953. Although getting to the summit of Everest is beyond reach for all except the most experienced mountaineers, the trek to Everest Base Camp at the foot of the mountain is one of the most popular treks undertaken by active travellers visiting Nepal. Due to Hillary’s extensive philanthropy projects in Nepal, especially in the Everest region, Kiwis and their guests receive an especially warm welcome from locals.
“Every other mountain range I have ever seen would qualify as a foothill to the Himalayas. Simply viewing these mountains takes one’s breath away. The experience of hiking to Everest Base Camp will loom as one of those adventures that will continue to visit me for the rest of my life. Thank you Active Himalayas for making it all happen,” – Steve Land (Soquel, California).
About Active Himalayas:
Active Himalayas is part of Active Adventures, a New Zealand-based tour operator specializing in bucket list adventure travel. In addition to trekking in Nepal, they run small group adventures and trekking tours in New Zealand, Peru, Patagonia, mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Call Matthew Yates to discuss travel to Nepal or request a free brochure on 800.661.9073.