Conclusions

 

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  • The Everest product portfolio of KE Adventures is the broadest.
  • Approximately 38% ATCs account for more than 68% ATPs.
  • Most of the ATCs represent two to three main categories.
  • A large portion of ATCs’ surveyed sells EBCTs and EODs.
  • EODs and EBCTs are the top two ATPs for affordability, less difficulty and short duration.
  • EODs packages are the most popular ATPs, whereas ECEs are the least demanded ATPs.
  • About 22% ATCs’ Everest named product portfolios is same, i.e. these companies offer only EBCTs.
  • More than half of the companies offer less than 5 ATPs. About 13% companies sell ten (10) or more packages.
  • The top three (3) leading ATCs based on total number of ATPs offered are KE Adventures, Himalayan Glacier Trekking and World Expeditions.
  • Not even one ATC out of forty-five (45) surveyed represent all five (5) main ATP categories. Thus, Everest product portfolio of none of the ATCs is comprehensive.
  • An ATC offering a variety of Everest named ATPs representing each and every main category, subcategory and sub-subcategory will definitely be able to serve more number of adventure travelers than its counterparts.
  • Nepal, the United States of America and the United Kingdom selling more than 80% of the ATPs are the top three supplier countries of Everest named ATPs.
  • Adventure travelers like both single- and multi-destination ATPs.
  • The ATP duration ranges from 5 to 72 days.
  • Supply of the 11-20 days ATPs is the maximum (61.64%).
  • ECEs are the longest ATPs. The ECEs duration ranges from 41 to 72 days.
  • The grade nomenclature varies from ATC to ATC.
  • Some ATCs use more than one scale to grade ATPs.
  • There are inconsistencies in grading systems used for similar ATPs offered by different ATCs.
  • EBCTs and EODs categories constitute the five cheapest ATPs. 
  • All five costliest ATPs represent ECEs. 
  • Services of western guides are extremely expensive.
  • Price of more than 85% ATPs is less than USD 300.00 pdpp.
  • The cheapest ATP is priced at USD 47.57 pdpp, whereas the costliest ATP is priced at USD 1,754.39 pdpp.

 

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