What if you're a solo traveller on one of our treks?

Travelling alone for the first time is scary. It just is. It's good to acknowledge that and get comfortable with it right at the beginning so we can talk about how you can manage the fear and look through it to see all the amazing things it was hiding from you. 

There’s a million reasons to have reservations and questions about solo travelling but this article is going to address some of the most common things I talk to customers abut to banish those fears that may creep in to stop a budding solo traveller and why you should wave them goodbye as you step out the door onto your next adventure.

When it comes to adventure travel, particularly to remote areas where cultures are so unlike our own, I believe that the reasons we choose to go are inherently selfish and that’s a good thing. It's great to have shared interests but ultimately, we go there to enrich ourselves, to broaden our minds, experience new and captivating places and absorb different ways of life! 

Plus it gives you a great pub story!

After years of speaking to customers new and old, one topic that comes up time and time again is solo travelling


Is solo travelling safe?

I always believe in being prepared, and that starts with the research you do at home; try to understand the country and culture you are heading to and then just act accordingly. Most places like Nepal and Tanzania are pretty relaxed so you can be a free spirit left to enjoy yourself. If you are heading to or even passing through a part of the world with a more conservative culture your research will help you avoid any embarrassing faux pas and unnecessary confrontation.

What type of people will be in my group?

One of the first things I always point out when an EverTrekker is concerned about their group is this - you already have something in common, you all love the mountains and have a passion for the outdoors! Its extremely rare that we ever hear of any arguments within the group, and if there is someone you clash with a little, the group is usually big enough to avoid one another! 

Will there be any other solo travellers in my group?

I would say we typically have a 40/60 mix of solo travellers to group bookings on most trips, so it’s guaranteed you will make some lifelong friends, or not, it's up to you - that’s the perk of travelling solo. For many of us, like you, it’s the first time you are truly in total control of YOUR life.

Will I be left stranded at the airport when I arrive?

No way! We care a great deal about our EverTrekkers, so that you don’t have to worry about the small things - thats the great thing about being solo on a trip like this, everything is all planned out so there will be no awkward “Where am I supposed to be?” We send out your arrival information before you leave your home with our emergency contact details for the UK office and for the office of the country you’re travelling to. We will monitor your flight, so if it is delayed, we will know and update our guys on the ground to make sure they are there, ready and waiting for your arrival.

Basically - You can relax knowing that when you arrive there will be someone with a big smile holding an EverTrek sign waiting for you!

Will I be required to share a room?

Usually, yes, but never with a member of the opposite sex unless you want to. When you are heading to Everest Base Camp there are limited spaces in the lodges and tea houses so the trek is based on a sharing twin room. If you're heading to Kilimanjaro, this is also on a twin sharing basis in 1 tent. We can arrange a solo tent if needed. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible, so if something is on your mind, let us know.

I’m a female solo traveller and I am really nervous!

Since working for EverTrek, I have been surprised by the number of female solo travellers we have  - GO GIRLS! In fact, in a research Adventure Travel Industry report, there are more female solo travellers than male! I guess when it comes down to it, girls are braver than boys!

Will there be a language barrier to overcome?

All of our staff and guides speak English very well so you will always be kept in the loop. Even when you are meandering through Kathmandu, Moshi, Cuscos or Marrakech you will encounter good English, however it’s a great opportunity to try out your newly learnt Nepali, Swahili or Arabic!


Let's sum it all up

Ultimately, jumping onto a trek on your own is an amazing experience and being a solo traveller as part of a bigger group is a great day to feel safe, meet new people and experience your bucket list dream with other people! We are all very lucky that given the chance, we can head out the door, board a plane and wake up in a new and wonderful place but one of the most exciting things about travelling on your own is the new beginnings that await you when you get home. It's a bit of a cliche but you WILL be different and have a new outlook on things, a new perspective. Also a little more independence! It's all part of growing as an individual.

One little known fact is that EverTrek was started from one man's solo travelling adventure to Everest Base Camp. Our CEO & Head Yeti, Andy, had a dream to stand at the foot of Everest. Whilst trekking in freezing conditions during January, and whilst there with plenty of thinking time, he had an idea that has changed the lives of thousands of people around the world, myself included.

If you're keen to jump onto a trek with us, or have any questions at all, then just drop us a message on the website messenger in the corner or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All the best & Keep EverTrekking

Rosie, Yeti Hapus 

Written By

Rosie Long

Yeti Hapus