Your Experience: The BBE Difference…
As one of Everest’s most renowned guiding companies, BBE is not the cheapest deal, and we certainly don’t want to be. We spend more providing the very best leaders, the best guides, the best Base Camp, Base Camp Staff, equipment, logistics, and safety measures – provisions that many lower-cost outfitters simply cannot afford and do not have. We don’t cut corners - ever. Here, you benefit from the following factors, which increase the safety and success of your Everest Expedition...
Small Group Sizes: We’re absolutely committed to keeping group sizes small; no more than six to eight climbers on each climb. As you may know, there are many guide companies whose trips include 15 to 50 people, and some non-guided base camps have up to 40 climbers. These trips are hard to manage and offer little climber assistance. That’s why, at BBE, you get small, tight-knit group sizes that give you ultimate support and the very best experience possible.
Intimate Knowledge of the Mountain: This increases your summit success, and reduces likelihood of exhaustion and possibilities of an accident. 80% of the deaths on Everest happen on summit day or shortly after, and we’re committed to maintaining our flawless safety record from the beginning to the end of your journey.
Oxygen Supply: BBE gives you more oxygen than any other company on Everest. Furthermore, we use the lightest oxygen system (7lbs) to reduce fatigue and summit day times. For 2019, we also offer a 4-liters per minute (maximum) flow rate for summit day.
One to One Summit Day Sherpa Assistance: For a group size of 8, we have a team of 12 Climbing Sherpas carrying loads on the mountain. On summit day, one Climbing Sherpa is assigned to you; carrying extra oxygen for you the entire day. We also have a back up team at the South Col on summit day for comms and any support required for descending.
Gourmet Cuisine: You get a gourmet Base Camp menu designed and tested to keep you well-fed, strong, and healthy. Base Camp is fully stocked with huge, double wall dining tents equipped with carpets and heaters, comfortable chairs, and long, family-style tables. This is where climbers gather to chat, recharge, and truly experience the excitement of Everest. When we say we have the best food at base camp, we mean it!
Base Camp Support: BBE is renowned for its truly incredible Base Camp experience. We employ a full-time Base Camp Manager, and pride ourselves on giving you a comfortable, healthful, and friendly stay. In addition to our world-class dining tents and cuisine, we give you a propane heated shower, custom weather forecasting, and free, high-speed internet. You’ll stay in special tents with vestibules designed for both standing and sleeping, so you’ll feel right at home and be able to truly settle in. Solar power at Base Camp quietly supports our satellite communications, allowing us to maintain excellent emergency contact capabilities, and keep friends and family informed during the weeks away from home. Of course, BBE posts regular Internet dispatches all season. We do have a generator for backup on the inevitable snowy or cloudy days, though this is rarely used, as our solar setup is absolutely top notch. 110V power is used for charging electrical devices, with unlimited charging during sunny days.
World-Class Mountain Guides: BBE’s leaders are true professionals; exceptional teachers and strong climbers. Each guide has completed countless high-altitude expeditions, and are veterans of the Himalaya. Our clients benefit from the BBE core guide group; individuals who have climbed together extensively, creating a tight-knit team skilled in both communication and collaboration. Here at BBE, we are a family. You won’t find any other Himalayan climbing or trekking programs led or staffed by the kind of caliber we field for Everest each and every season. With a truly professional guide team, and outstanding Sherpa support; you get the leadership, guidance, and assistance you need for an awesome adventure, and a powerful bid for the summit.
Top Notch Climbing Sherpas: At BBE, we hire the same great climbing Sherpas every single year. These highly-trained individuals are treated with respect, paid above industry standard, and are passionate about working with our team. Most of these Sherpas have made a myriad of climbs with BBE over the years, and many have multiple Everest summits. Our cooks do a truly amazing job and our menus are the very best in base camp.
Expert Trek Itineraries: We create thorough, detailed, expertly planned trek itineraries for both trekkers and our climbing team. We know how to acclimatize properly, and dedicate plenty of time to this process. You’ll stay in the most comfortable lodges with the safest and most delicious food. Unlike most other teams, we actually take our trekkers to Base Camp, and invite you to stay as MEMBERS of the expedition team. If you want to trek to Everest Base Camp, go with a team like BBE; giving you the chance to fully experience the magic!
Result-Driven Planning: In order to give you a truly seamless and stress-free travel experience, we comply with all local, state, federal, and international regulations for the countries in which we climb. This includes proper visas and climbing permits, top of the line equipment, and Himalayan Rescue Association Membership (full “Everest ER” access) as well as the maximum level of insurance possible for all our employees and support teams. At BBE our commitment to the safety and the well-being of our local staff is paramount. And of course, complete adherence to all environmental regulations.