December 3, 2013
We returned yesterday from our trip to Nepal, followed by a short visit with our family in the Netherlands.
We cannot say enough about your company and the wonderful people who are part of Himalayan Glacier Trekking. From the moment we corresponded with you, we felt that we were in excellent hands. All this on very short notice!
Upon arrival in Kathmandu after three long flights, Tulsi was there with a big smile to greet us with beautiful garlands. The Shanker hotel was lovely and very accommodating. We were very happy with the comprehensive tour provided by your guide Buddi (spelling?) the following day. He was extremely knowledgeable and we even got to see the Kumari godess in Durbar Square!
Our stay in Pokhara at the Barahi Hotel was exceptional (it’s location is in fact nicer than the Kailash which was originally planned for us). I believe that Tulsi was instrumental in securing this reservation for us on very short notice when he found that there was no room at Kailash as we drove back from Nayapul. The setting provided a peaceful environment even though it was located in the center of town. When we returned from our trek, we also used the spa for a well deserved massage. The staff is truly welcoming and the restaurant offers excellent choices. I would strongly recommend this hotel over Kailash for your future clients.
Our trek was eventful as well as beautiful. Upon the recommendation of a Dutch fellow who was sitting next to me on the plane, Narayan made it possible for us to start the Annapurna Sunrise trek from Phedi so that we could ascend more slowly – rather than on the Nayapul side. This proved extremely helpful as when the route got steeper, I developed issues with my heart requiring me to stop frequently. This was totally unexpected and disconcerting to the four of us and I must say that in addition to Kirsten, Tulsi and Jay were extremely professional in dealing with this. They also took good care of us at our lodgings, making sure we were comfortable with extra blankets and masala tea. We developed a close relationship with them and we miss them! We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the sunrise over Annapurna South and Machhapuchare at Ghorepani. Kirsten also went with Tulsi to Poon hill.
During our trek, we met two other couples who were trekking with HGT and were just as enthusiastic as we were. We also met people who were alone or who were unhappy with their guides and who might have benefitted from your services. We gave them your information as well. (Just a thought: it might be helpful for HGT if your guides had business cards to hand out to individuals as appropriate).
As you know, Kirsten and I opted to take a tourist bus back to KTM. I had in mind the same, scenic tour, that my mother and I had experienced in 1987. Nothing was farther from the truth. Travelling through the valley just outside of Pokhara was a shock. The air pollution was so dense that one could barely see 500 feet. We were incredulous that in these terrible conditions, families and children live their lives. The road on the narrow, poorly maintained, mountainside was frightening beyond belief. Had we known that this was the the case, we would have readily opted to fly back to KTM instead. It may be wise to alert your clients to the fact that travel on the roads – even in KTM – is an experience that most visitors may want to avoid.
When we returned to KTM, we found that we needed to travel home one day earlier than expected. Narayan could not have been more helpful in allowing us the use of his cell phone to speak with the airline. As a consequence, we managed to get the last two seats via Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam! It was a huge surprise and big treat to be taken out to dinner at the Rum Doodle restaurant. This had been on my wish list but without HGT, we would have missed it.
Upon take off from Kathmandu, we could see the Boudnath stupa in the distance. We said farewell to Nepal with great appreciation but also with sadness for the extreme conditions that most people deal with daily: from extreme air pollution to unsanitary conditions, hunger and poverty.
Kirsten and I will be happy to recommend your company to any person looking for your services - in addition to our friends and acquaintances.
I will also write a glowing recommendation to Trip Advisor. If there is anything further that we can do, please do not hesitate to let us know.
With deep appreciation to you and your staff for having made our visit to Nepal unforgettable. We are so happy and grateful to have found you!
Charlotte and Kirsten
November 25, 2013
Namaste to Kathmandu!
Last august my sister and me tried to discover Dolpo for the second time. Three years before we started our first try also with our good friend and guide Biri but with another agency. We were not successful because the monsoon rain was too hard and destroyed the trails and our dreams to reach Dolpo from Jomsom.
Traveling in Nepal in the rainy season is always a risk but we had no other possibility. This time we organized the trekking with the “Himalayan Glacier Trekking” but again with our old friend and guide Biri. All was well organized and we had a very nice and careful crew.
Full of energy and optimism we were flying to the extremely hot Nepalganj. We were lucky to reach Jumla with a small airplane at the second try. Normally a Dolpo trekking starts from Juphal but the airport of Juphal was under construction and therefore we started from Jumla. This means some days walking more before we could reach the Phoksundo National Park.
We were in good mood and in good condition for the difficult trekking. Some little problems like flea bites – every morning we were collecting the new ones – sometimes heavy rain and little pains here and there, we holder out without problems.
Our way guided us through a long and difficult canyon before we reached Rigmo village on the wonderful Phoksundo lake. It was an incredible view, the big blue lake in middle of the steep mountains. The trail on the lake is very beautiful but also a little bit dangerous. It is better to make no wrong step because otherwise you will found yourself many meters down in the lake. But nothing happened and we enjoyed the beautiful day. In the next two days we had to overcome a long canyon and the high pass with meter to reach our destination, the Shey Gompa. We were so happy when we reached the Gompa and we were sure that we can do also the rest of the long way to Jomson.
But then all our dreams and plans were destroyed. Never we could imagine that we cannot continue our way because of robbers who made the countryside dangerous. The lama of the Shey Gompa warned us to follow the trail to Saldang, because a group of masked men attacks all travelers, local people and tourists as well.
With a sad heart we decided to return the same long way back, but I think it was the right decision. We reached Dunai and had to solve the next problem. How to come back to Nepalganj? The trails down through the mountains were very dangerous because of the monsoon and we were happy to get the possibility to fly back to Nepalganj with a helicopter. Two men of our crew and two porters were running down by foot with a part of our equipment and we were flying with the helicopter. Biri was coming with us.
It was a very interesting and exciting flight with an incredible view of the mountains.
Finally we reached Kathmandu. Happy that we were back in good condition but also sad that we could not see more from Dolpo. Therefore Dolpo is still a dream for us and maybe we can try the adventure again in few years. This trekking was really an adventure and a journey in an unknown and hidden part of Nepal.
Gudrun and Birgit!
October 28, 2013
Hello, I am back home in Edmonton, Canada, after returning from Nepal and my trek with Dol from Lukla to Gorek Shep and Kala Patthar, near Everest.
It was quite the adventure and I wanted to pass on my thanks for the great service I received and the great guidance provided by Dol. It was a unique experience, which would not have been possible without the trek management by Dol.
We encountered a very untimely and unusual winter snow storm at Dingboche and had to spend an extra day there on the way up. Given the amount of snow that came down, 40 cm in Dingboche, more at higher elevations, I really thought that was the end of our trip. We heard that many groups had to turn back at Duglha and Lobuche, never making it to the end.
However, Dol managed our time very well, determining that we could get from Dingboche to Dughla the following day and that we would see how things were with the trail after that. From Dughla Dol learned that the trail to Laboche was open so we managed another section. At Laboche, after a lunch break, Dol said that it was possible to get to Gorek Shep, if we wanted to continue, the trail was passable. So we did. We arrived at Gorek Shep in the afternoon and still had time to go up Kala Patthar to see the sunset on Everest. I never thought we would have the time to make all this possible, but Dol’s careful attention to the weather conditions, the trail conditions, and our ability to cope, allowed us to complete the trek objective. We heard we were the only one of 14 groups from Himalayan Glacier on the route those days to make it to the end.
This is a testament to the management skills of Dol, to take a number of inexperienced trekkers, of varying fitness and capability, and get them to the end. Please pass on my thanks to Dol.
October 22, 2013
I recently trekked to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathar organised by Himalayan Glacier – an amazing experience start to finish. Leading up to arrival in Kathmandu, the staff kept me informed and communicated all the details professionally and timely manner.
From the moment I was warmly received at Kathmandu airport by my guide Rishi Bhantana I knew I had made the right decision choosing Himalayan Glacier. His courteous and friendly gestures made the jet lag disappear at once.
I found Rishi with wealth of knowledge on local traditions, awareness of the trek and conditions along the way. His leadership skills came so handyin managing fatigue levels and in keeping informed of the health, altitude and mental issues. His team guided magnificently to EBC and Kala Pathar and made the dream reality. Moreover, his attention to details was amazing. He even remembered my birthday and made that a celebration of trek completion.
I would recommend Himalayan Glacier and the team without any bias for any trek that they conduct for the peace of mind and experience of lifetime.
03 October 2013
October 7, 2013
I have not been good in taking six months to reply to your email. I just wanted to thank everyone for making this trip a trip to remember and a trip of a lifetime. From the beginning, I was impressed by the professionalism and excellent service displayed by everyone on your team, without exception. The trek itself was a great experience, and it was made even more so by Basu and his team of guides and porters. Basu is an excellent trek leader, and his ability to adapt and make allowances for the needs of the entire group was evident from Day One. He and his team were always looking out for us and making sure that everyone was taken care of. The trek left me with an incredibly positive of the people of Nepal and the country. I will be back for another trek and can only wish that it is with the same group of people who took me on my first trek in the Himalayas.
Many thanks and very best regards,
October 3, 2013
The Langtang Trek was perfect for us! We knew it would be: from the information from your website and from email communication with Sangita, we felt very prepared for the trip after meeting you on Day 1.
We had the best experience trekking up to Kyanjin Gompa, with excellent help from our wonderful guide Pradip and porter Prakas. I think we were extra lucky by being the only two people on this tour, as it became a private trip for us. Pradip was looking after our needs every step of the way, and always going beyond expectations in caring for us. The entire time we felt like a King & Queen! They even woke extra early for us to walk out for a sunrise view of the Himalayas near Kyanjin Ri and brought extra snacks along for us. We took this photo that morning:
We’re already considering what our next Nepal trek might be, and will be thinking of Himalayan Glacier Trekking for that too.
Paul & Anna
August 19, 2013
I arrived in Kathmandu in March 2013, knowing that I wanted to undertake the adventurous Kanchenjunga trek but with nothing booked and only one week to arrange the trip. A friend recommended Himalayan Glacier and from the minute I stepped into the office, everything seemed possible. The options available were explained to me clearly, with my time frame and budget being taken into account. The Himalayan Glacier office became the epicenter of my time in Kathmandu, and the executive director, Naba Raj Amgai, made me very welcome there at all times.
The company had at their service a guide, Pasang Sherpa, who specialized in the Kanchenjunga route. His help and patience in hiring the necessary gear was invaluable. Pasang¹s good humour and joviality made the trek a real pleasure. He was always available to help communication flow smoothly between myself and local people. He was very supportive in helping me across challenging terrain, and went to great lengths to make sure I was comfortable and had all I needed. It was obvious that my safety was his paramount concern, and I felt very well looked after.
August 12, 2013
I would like to thank you and everyone Himalayan Glacier for the experience of a lifetime on the 19 day trek to Everest Base Camp. I was on the April 3rd trek to EBC and returned on April 22nd. I successfully reached Base Camp on April 14th. The trek in the Himalaya’s provides one the opportunity to experience the majesty and the grandeur of the area. The views are absolutely spectacular, and leave you with breath taking images that will last a lifetime.
Because I had booked my trip 11 months prior to departure they’re were plenty of opportunities where I had concerns, or needed information from you, and you always made yourself available to me either via email or phone. Which by having you in
the US as a point of contact made me feel comfortable in having booked a trip in Nepal via the internet and not through a travel agency.
I would start be saying that all the information that HGT provided was accurate and very helpful. You were very helpful in providing me the necessary information regarding my sleep apnea. It was critical for me to have 5-6 hours of electrical charging
time in order to re-charge the battery pack for my CPAP machine. HGT checked into it and assured me that I could get my battery pack charged every night(for a price of course). Without this assurance for my doctor, that I was going to be able to use my CPAP machine every night, the trip would not have been possible. I would be putting myself at too great a risk for a life threatening event such as a stroke.
Another situation worth noting is HGT handled the fact that the person I was being paired up with, for the trek, cancelled just a few days prior to my arrival in Nepal.
HGT offered an option where I would go the EBC via Goyko with another couple rather than my itinerary or they would honor their commitment of providing me with a guide and porter as a single which of course was more costly for them. I decided to go the EBC via the 19 day trek that I had booked.
HGT assigned guide Bam Magar to me. I cannot say enough about how great he was over the entire trek. He is very personable and has a good command of the English language so communication was not an issue. Other guides from other companies that I met who spoke English, could not communicate as well as Bam, so I was very fortunate. He was made aware of my sleep apnea situation by HGT and asked me to show him the equipment. I showed him everything including the battery packs that needed to be charged every night. He understood what needed to be done everyday and made sure I had a fresh battery pack each night of the trek. He was very knowledgeable and kept me informed constantly as we moved along everyday. Because altitude sickness is such a serious situation he would question me about symptoms. He gave me a real sense of confidence that I was in good hands. When I shared with him that I was making the trek as a fund raising event for Cancer Research and needed to reach EBC he replied, I will get you to EBC. Which he did!!!!