The Best Adventure Photography Trips: Mount Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Sep 1, 2009
Outside Magazine
Mount Everest

Mount Everest    Photo: courtesy of Berg Adventures International

Just try to take a bad picture in the Himalayas. Aim your camera in any direction and you'll capture sweeping vistas of the world's highest mountains. Unless you're Jimmy Chin, you probably won't be toting your camera to Everest's summit, so instead trek to Base Camp with mountaineering guide and photographer Wally Berg, who has led trips to and up the mountain for the past 20 years. Berg Adventures International's 24-day Khumbu treks depart Kathmandu every October and May and use local runners to bring fresh (read: safe) food to the cooks daily ($3,900; The spring treks include a night at Base Camp, known for spontaneous Wiffle-ball games and some of the wildest parties above 17,000 feet—good fodder, along with the big hill itself, for panoramics. But do pack a portrait lens. "The best shots near Everest are of the locals," says Berg. "Sherpa people have the best smiles in the world."

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