Dr. Jon and his friend Lhakpa Sherpa personally guide you on this journey.
Trek to the base camp of Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain, personally guided by Dr. Jon Kedrowski & N.O.D. Enterprises. Dr. Jon is a veteran of 4 Mt. Everest climbing expeditions (summited in 2012 and guided a client to the top in 2019) and has been guiding annual base camp treks since 2015.
Why go with Dr. Jon?
Dr. Jon was a fantastic guide. He encapsulates the ideal balance between the consummate climbing professional, capable of preparing you and coaching you through this quasi-dangerous trek, and the laid-back goofball you want to hang out with and grab a beer with at the end of each day. His close relationship with the mountain, the region, and the locals was obvious. His local colleague and our Sherpa guide, Lhakpa. was the perfect addition to our team. He too is professional, yet personable and loved to crack jokes with our squad. He also provided that in-depth local background knowledge to answer the most random questions and curiosities we might have about Nepal, Everest, or the local culture.
Dr. Jon and Lhakpa are both impressive athletes that never appear phased by the altitude or distances covered. I'm not even sure Lhakpa sweats! He's incredible... he hikes all day in dress slacks and a button-down shirt, looking like he was headed into the office. Blew my mind!
Anyway, I can't say enough positive things about this trek, this guide, and this style of hiking. Going with Dr. Jon and Lhakpa really affords the maximum amount of flexibility and customization you'll come to appreciate.
2019 EBC Trekker
My trip to EBC was a blast—a true trip of a life time. Enormous mountains, stunning views, amazing culture, and the opportunity to challenge myself both physically and mentally. My favorite parts were the consistency of being awe struck by the mountains (they just keep on going up) and the reminder that there are very many ways to live life.
I loved the evolution of the trip—the intro into Nepal and its traditions with a day tour around Kathmandu; my first helicopter ride; starting the trek in Lukla which was green and blooming with flowers; crossing glacial rivers and learning how to give yaks the right of way; learning new card games and taste testing every apple pie; seeing the tallest mountain in the planet as it welcomed a new day; and leaving EBC in snowfall—it was simply wonderful.
Also, Dr. Jon is an unbelievable guide, and he is tied to Nepal and the Himalayas. After his first summit which was a crazy athletic feat, to being at EBC for the earthquake and in the capital for the aftershock, almost summiting without oxygen, and now guiding, he knows the region, its traditions, and, this sounds cheesy, it is a part of him. Additionally, the Sherpa that he uses, Lhakpa, is simply amazing. He is funny, kind, patient, and on a different level for hiking; he is also the kind of guy who will carry a birthday cake two miles on the trail.
2019 EBC Trekker