When you’re accompanied by an amazing team of guides, eating well, sleeping in the best teahouses and having all of your gear carried in by porters, it’s a lot easier to relax and enjoy the spectacular journey.
Queenstown, New Zealand (PRWEB) March 01, 2013
Leading New Zealand-based adventure tour operator, Active Adventures, reports that bookings for their 2012/2013 Nepal trekking tours are up more than 10 percent on last year as more travellers discover that hiking in Nepal, and even the Everest Base Camp trek, is achievable and can be done in relative comfort with a reputable outfitter.
“Most memorable was the wonderful and vital incorporation of the porters and Nepali guides into our team as well – those interactions with locals helped us experience a better taste of the real Nepal, not just the tourist track,” said Kathy Searl (of Big Sur, California) who was part of the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek in November 2012. Porters carry the rest of the personal gear for two clients, up to 13 kg (28 lbs) per client, in duffel bags that can be easily accessed. Clients then typically only carry their camera and water bottle on the trail. Active Adventures clients are also accompanied by Nepali guides as well as a Kiwi trip leader.
“It’s amazing what a difference a good outfitter can make to your experience of Nepal. When you’re accompanied by an amazing team of guides, eating well, sleeping in the best teahouses and having all of your gear carried in by porters, it’s a lot easier to relax and enjoy the spectacular journey,” says Active Adventures Himalayas destination expert, Matthew Yates.
“The small extras they provided were great, especially the water tablets, map and candy bar before the trip and the hot moist towels and hot shower in Lobuche was much appreciated. I think the small surprises we got along the way really added up,” said Michele Cherry (of Upton, Maryland) who was on Active Adventures’ Everest Base Camp trek in October. The 19-day trek also includes multiple acclimatisation days to make the transition to higher altitude as easy as possible on the body.
Yates also reports that mature travellers are booking treks in Nepal more commonly in recent times as outfitters such as Active Adventures offer trips with increased acclimatisation time, making the challenging hikes like the trek to Everest Base Camp achievable for a wider range of ages and fitness levels. “There are still personal challenges to overcome with any hike in the Himalayas,” say Yates “but by allowing a few extra acclimatisation days, our clients can achieve more than they ever thought, and enjoy the opportunity to get to know the Nepalese locals as well.”
About Active Adventures:
Active Adventures is a New Zealand-based tour operator specializing in bucket list travel on all-inclusive, small group adventures. In addition to Nepal tours in the Himalayas, Active Adventures also run tours in New Zealand, Peru, Patagonia, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Call Matthew Yates to discuss travel to Nepal or to request a free brochure on 800.661.9073.