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How to Choose best Sherpa Guide for Everest Base Camp Trek?

Nepal Travel advice & Safety
Mountain Sherpa Admin
Jan 19, 2038

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is one of the great experiences. But it can be a hassle to find a reliable trekking guide for the EBC if you are a beginner in trekking. If you are wondering how to find the best Sherpa guide for Everest Base Camp Trek, please follow this post. We will be sharing how to plan your trek through the best trekking agency in Nepal.

It’s best to hire the Sherpa guide as your companion for the EBC guide. Often trekkers and tourists confuse “Sherpa” as a guide or porter but it’s not true at all. Sherpa are the proud Nepali people from the mountain region of Nepal. Sherpa people are genetically gifted climbers who have excellent climbing skills even on the toughest trail. A good fact about Sherpa’s is that the majority of climbers of Mount Everest are Sherpa people. They are mostly involved in the trekking and mountaineering business. Many of them work as a guide or porter but not all of them.

1. Choose Best Trek operator that own by local Sherpa

The first thing, you should consider is the trek operator should be owned by Sherpa people. Sherpa people are known for their ability of trekking and climbing. They are most experienced in trekking business and are trusted by people around the world.

From the very first person to the person who trekked to Everest Base Camp in shortest, Sherpa people set all records. Hence, they are well experienced and knowledgeable in trekking business. They are brave, hardworking and best guides and climbers in Nepal. The willingness and ability to climb the highest mountains of Nepal has helped the country to improve its tourism economy. Hence, the trekking company owned and run by local Sherpa people is best for trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.Also, you will have higher chances of completing your trekking without any issues if you choose trekking company that is owned by local Sherpa Guides.

2. Choose Everest base camp trek guides who will pay attention to your behaviors and actions

A good trekking guide will keep an eye on your behaviors and actions on the trail. They will constantly monitor the changes in your walking speed, body and facial expression, and health condition to ensure you are healthy and safe. They will immediately give you the medication if you face any issue on the trek.

There are higher chances of getting altitude sickness while trekking to Everest Base Camp. A good trekking guide will keep a check on sign your body shows while you climb the heights and provide you with proper medication if any sign of altitude sickness shows up.  They will ask you to take slow and steady steps and even ask you to take short breaks on the trail to complete your trek without any injury.

3. Choose Everest guides who are expert about symptoms and treatments for altitude sickness

Whenever you trek beyond the altitude of 2500 meters, Acute Mountain Syndrome is quite common. Hence, it is very important to trek with guides who are well known to the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness and its treatment.

Altitude sickness is quite common while trekking at a higher elevation. The oxygen level drops down as you trek higher and you start feeling shortness of breath and nausea. Your trekking guide should be expert enough to understand about the symptoms and give you immediate medication to keep you safe on the trail.  

4. Choose Everest base camp trek guides who are knowledgeable about Khumbu Regions and Sherpa Culture

The trekking trail may look normal to many, but only a few understand the actual reason behind the colorful prayer flags, local traditions, local languages, and mani walls. Always prefer the trekking operator who is knowledgeable about the Khumbu regions and Sherpa culture.

A good trekking company will introduce to the lifestyle and culture of local people of the Khumbu region. They will also help you visit the places that are little known or secrets place of the area. The Everest region has a beautiful community with the most beautiful culture. A well-known guide will help you have a close insight into the local tradition and culture of the local people. It is an incredible experience to learn about an entirely new culture, which is way beyond the western culture and lifestyle of mountain regions with minimum facilities.

5. Choose an Everest base camp trekking company that is well organized

It is great to have good support and help of a friend in a foreign land. A good trekking company will always make you feel secure and keep you worry-free in the foreign land. A well-managed trekking operator will take care of you from picking up from the airport to check-in into your hotel room.

They will also help you learn about the local surrounding and explore the beautiful local areas with a proper guide. An organized trekking operator will save you a lot of time and gives you peace of mind by arranging everything for you. Also, a well-managed trekking company will provide you with a good support team who is fluent in your native language and easily understands your queries or questions on the trekking trail and helps you. Also, they will manage all the trekking permits, book the accommodation and help you with all the required documents and trekking gears.

6. Choose Everest base camp trek Sherpa guides who are reliable and honest

Often while you face too much difficulty on the trail, the thought of quitting or going back is normal. Also, the altitude sickness would force you to quit the trek. At such times, you need guides who will support you and accompany you to complete the trek.

You need a companion and friend who boost your confidence level and support you during down times on the trek. A good Sherpa guide will push you through your limits and help you complete your trek. The Sherpa guides carry a positive attitude along with lots of energy to help their clients and complete their trek.

7. Choose Everest Local Sherpa guides who are there to serve YOU

Guides are the essential part of your trekking as they shape your trekking experience of EBC. Your success of the trekking highly depends upon the experience and knowledge of your guide. Make sure that the guide you trek with is a local Sherpa guide who is there to serve you even in the worst condition.

The local Sherpa guides will make sure that you do not get lost on the trail along with taking care of you. Also, hiring local Sherpa is an excellent way to support the country’s economy along with making your trekking journey impressive.

Also, the Sherpa guides are well known for their extraordinary power and energy for trekking to Everest Base Camp. For this reason, most of the trekkers from western countries choose Sherpa guides for themselves while trekking to Everest Base Camp.

If you are planning for Everest Base Camp trek or have any queries or questions about Everest Base Camp Trek or any other trekking trips in Nepal, please feel free to Contact us.

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