November 13, 2013
Still waiting to get wanderlust adventure? We have got your adventure dream of the year in the Himalayas. Himalayan Glacier’s top 15 picks present this year’s must-trek adventures. Our top 15 picks cover cross-border trek of India, Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet. What could be your interest for travelling in the Himalayan region – cultural, recreational or adventure – our top picks garnish your dream of adventuring in this region. The adventure treks in the Himalayan region will be a once in a lifetime adventure in the company of inspiring and breathtaking scenery. See our top 15 picks to find yourself encircled by majestic vistas of eight-thousanders.
- Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek from Nepal (EBC), one of our top epic walks in the Himalayas, offers a huge sense of accomplishment and unbeatable views of beautiful forests, Sherpa villages, glacial moraines and foothills that surround the Everest region. Likewise, the trek takes you closer to the rich Sherpa culture while following the trail of Sir Edmund Hillary to EBC. It will also take you to some of the most popular places in the region like Kala Pathar which provides a stunning view of Everest along with other high mountains and the very famous Tengboche monastery, which is the largest monastery of the region of Nepal. Of course we will be at our final destination, EBC. Overall, the trek materializes the dream of reaching to the base camp of highest peak in the world.
- The Annapurna Base Camp Trek, the most stunning treks in the world, leaves you just being in the company of some of the highest mountains on earth and the splendor of the sunrise over the snow-capped Himalayas. This invigorating trek passes through waterfalls, villages, farmlands, rhododendron forests, and mountain vistas. You also pass through a diverse geographical and cultural variation with amazing ranges of flora and fauna in between. Throughout the trek you enjoy the sheer magnificence of the Himalayas, including two mountains that are above eight thousand meters – Annapurna and Dhaulagiri; hospitality and rich culture of the local community and the brilliance of nature.
- EBC Trek via Gokyo Lakes, one of the top adventurous treks in the Everest region, takes you to fabulous Gokyo Valley, the large Ngojumba Glacier, the famous Cho La pass, and the celebrated view points of Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar along with Everest Base Camp (EBC). The trek further traverses through the landmarks of Everest region in the company of majestically soaring mountains, friendly Sherpas, colorful monasteries and prayer flags, the Namche Bazzar, the Sagarmatha National Park, and many more. Beyond the tranquil glacial lakes, you can enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of four above 8000 m massifs and other mighty mountain ranges from the best view point of Everest Region, the Gokyo Ri.
- Makalu Base Camp Trek, one of our top 15 picks in the Himalayas, makes a trek to the base camp of world’s fifth highest mountain. Mount Makalu is a close neighbor of Mt Everest, lying in the northeast region of Nepal. Following the beautiful Barun river valley in the Makalu Barun National Park, you cross various high passes and lakes. While trekking, you rise from lowland of Tumlingtar on the Arun River to one of the highest Base Camps on earth, the Makalu Base Camp at 5000m. While on the way, you will enjoy the views of the highest mountains such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Baruntse and other mighty Himalayan mountains along with Makalu (8481m) itself.
- EBC Trek in Tibet, one of the top adventure walks in Tibet, enhances you to experience the beautiful mountainous landscape of Tibet, while exposing you to its rich culture and history. Beyond acquainted with Tibetan culture and history, the trek will also be full of adventure and fun. Besides, you will visit popular landmarks in Tibet like Dalai Lama’s Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, ancient monasteries like Tashilhunpo, Sera, Drepung, Rongbuk, and Sakya, explore Namtso Lake, and finally reach the Everest Advanced Base Camp. Basically, the trek begins from Lhasa and ends in Kathmandu. In nutshell, the trek takes you to the advanced base camp of the north face of Mt. Everest (in Tibet) – the highest mountain in the world.
- Everest View Trek, one of our best picks, offers a wide range of spectacular scenery combined with unique cultural encounters with the Sherpa people who inhabit in the high altitude regions of the world. The trek continues through the lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park, with pine forests, rhododendron flowers and an abundance of wildlife, to Namche Bazaar (3440m). Furthermore, the trek brings you to the village of Tengboche (3930m), home to the highest Buddhist monastery in the world (4100m) and also reputed by photographers as one of the best places to capture the awesome beauty of Mt. Everest (8848m) and its neighboring peaks.
- Bhutan Tour is a special cultural tour to the living masterpiece of ecological conservation of the world today in which you will be introduced to the mystical and unspoiled cultural and natural grandeur of Bhutan. Filled with rugged terrain and steep mountain valleys, Bhutan is sandwiched between Tibet and India. Predominantly a Buddhist country with Vajrayana Buddhism being state religion, Bhutan deliberately preserves its unique way of life, culture and flora and fauna. Along with exploring the rich coniferous forests, glacial lakes, beautiful passes, and amazing views of snow-capped mountains, this tour traverses through various Dzongs, monastic sites and religious legends of Bhutan.
- Bhutan Cultural Tour introduces you to the imposing Dzongs, or temple fortresses, that are intrinsic to Bhutanese cultural way of life. You begin this tour from undoubtedly the most beautiful valley in Bhutan, Paro. The masterpieces of Paro like Tiger’s Nest Monastery, 8th century Kichu Monastery, and the national museum will be the prime attractions of this tour. Furthermore, following north along the Thimphu River, you will arrive Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan which is a potpourri of traditional and modern culture. After making excursion of Thimphu, you drive to Punakha valley across picturesque Dochula Pass (3150m) for great views of Himalayan ranges. Beyond exploring Punakha valley, you walk for the Dzong- the famous fertility temple in the region.
- Annapurna Circuit Trek, one of our best picks for magical trek, takes you around the entire Annapurna massif reaching the Zenith at Thorong La Pass (5,416m). During the trek, you pass through a diverse geographical and cultural variation with an amazing range of flora and fauna of the region. Just imagine the thrills of walking through world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge, with Annapurna I rising to 8091m to the east and Dhaulagiri hovering at 8167m to the west! Cross the highest pass, Thorong La on the way from Manang to Muktinath, savor the fabulous mountain views from Poon Hill (3,210m) and discover more than ten different culturally rich ethnic groups that reside in different climate zones of Annapurna Circuit.
- View of Mt. Kanchendzonga also known as Dzongri Trek is the best choice for an extraordinary mountain adventure into the hinterlands of Mt. Kanchendzonga. The trek lies in Sikkim in the Eastern-Himalayan foothills bordering with Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. The attractions of the trek includes the great preview of a variety of Sikkim’s biodiversity encompassing beautiful rhododendron flowers, bird population and some amazing views landscapes and of course the majestic Himalayan peaks. The trail runs through the meadows of Dzongri at 4,000m with exceptional mountain views. The snow covered mountains, lush dense green valleys, and the extravaganza of nature’s beauty bewilder one’s soul.
- Jomsom Muktinath Trek helps you to explore the years old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of Annapurna region. The trek will be the most rewarding once the visitors make an adventurous start from world’s deepest gorge to the world’s highest regions passing through an almost tree-less barren landscape, and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The trek gets interesting once the trekkers pass through Jomsom and Kagbeni, the entry point of upper Mustang. The grandeur of the region intensifies as the first glimpse of the windy Tibetan Plateau on the way to the holy Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath (3800m) emerges. From Muktinatht downhill to Jomsom, travelers land into the land of “Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang”, and get a glimpse of the ancient traditions still in practice.
- Upper Mustang Trek encompasses a spectacular remote Trans-Himalayan mountain area with Tibetan cultural influence. The Upper Mustang region also known as the “Last Forbidden Kingdom” is a treasure trove of thousand years’ old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes. The great adventure journey starting from world’s deepest gorge to the world’s highest regions of Lo-Mangthang Valley passes through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trails and astounding views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The surprising fact of this region is that the thousands years of isolation has kept the culture, lifestyle and heritage of this region intact.
- Explore Tibet, one of our best picks, is for those who are interested to experience the people, culture, monks, monasteries, land and palaces of Tibet. In Tibet, you will travel around Tsedang, Yumbulakhang, Thandruk, Samye, Tsurpu, and Ganden monasteries. Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaaar, Sera and Drepung Monasteries, and Tibetan Nunnery and Tibetan Medicine Center will be the prime attractions of this tour while you are strolling around Lhasa. Of course, you will also cover Tibet’s famous turquoise lake, Yamadroke Lake.
- Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, one of our top picks for spiritual walks in the Himalayas, is basically known for its religious value, cultural significance, spiritual importance and thrilling nature. The celestial beauty of Mount Kailash is not only fascinating, it is also one of the greatest pilgrimage destinations for Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Bon religions from around the world. The Kailash region also includes the two turquoise-blue, pristine high-altitude lakes and that are Mansarovar and Rakshesa. Another uniquely contributing fact to the spiritual aspect of Kailash is that four most sacred rivers of the Indian sub-continent begin from here and those are Sutlej, Karnili, Brahmaputra and Indus.
- Nepal Sunrise Tour encompasses some of the most spectaculars natural and cultural destinations of Nepal and you will enjoy the company of dozens of waterfalls and mountains, flora and fauna, and rural villages sprawled over the mountains. The tour starts from Kathmandu valley. The valley holds high number of places recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, and contains three medieval cities famous for their arts and architectures – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. There are also some interesting cultural centers on the outskirt of the valley: Dhulikhel and Panauti. You make a visit to all these places and end your Kathmandu valley tour with the mesmerizing sunrise views over the Himalayas from Nagarkot. Then, you drive deep into the mountains to the resort town of Daman for a typical mountain experience. Driving further deep into the mountains, you spend a day at Bandipur and continue your journey to the fantastic Lake City, Pokhara.
September 10, 2013
The 11 best treks in the Everest region are among the most popular trekking routes in the world. The best treks in the Everest region will be a once in a lifetime adventure travel hike in the company of inspiring and breathtaking Himalayan scenery. Nowhere in the world is more spectacular than in the Everest region. Once you make it to the Base Camp of Everest via different trails, you are suddenly encircled with grand vistas of eight-thousanders. Here are listed the 11 best treks in the Everest region.
1. Everest Base Camp Trek encompasses Everest region. It is where four of the world’s six tallest peaks Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu rise above everything else, crowning the towering ridges that straddle the forbidding Himalayans. Trekking through the Everest region offers astounding mountain views, and opportunities to get a glimpse into the life of world famous climbers. The trek further offers the opportunities to go sightseeing around Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site that is home to a variety of Himalayan floras and faunas, to get a closer look at the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world, and, of course, the most gratifying of them all, the trip to Everest Base Camp itself. Nothing beats the thrill and sense of triumph that grips travelers on seeing the power and grace of the mighty Everest up close.
2. Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek from Nepal offers you a huge sense of accomplishment and unrivalled views of beautiful forests, Sherpa villages, glacial moraines and foothills that surround the area. Mt. Everest, the world’s highest peak resides powerfully in northern Nepal at 8848m. Although conquering it has long been an obsession for many, reaching its base camp is also an achievement in itself. This trip takes you closer to the rich Sherpa culture while following the trail of Sir Edmund Hillary to the Everest Base Camp. It will also take you to some of the most popular places in the region like Kala Pathar which provides an excellent view of Everest along with other high mountains and the very famous Tengboche monastery, which is the largest monastery of the Khumbu region of Nepal.
3. Everest High Passes Trek is an authentic platform to view everything that the Khumbu offers. The journey begins with a stimulating mountain flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. The world famous superb trek provides an opportunity to visit the Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, Gokyo Valley and its tranquil Lakes, the best view point of Gokyo Ri and more especially introduces a route to the remote and untouched Nangpa La Valley, the Sherpa village of Marlung, the monastery village of Thame as well through other major remote villages and valleys. Sagarmatha National Park, Dudh Koshi river, colorful landscapes, Everest Base Camp, Khumbu icefall, Kalapatthar, Gompas and monasteries in the land enclosed by the soaring peaks are the landmarks of this trek. Besides, traversing through the classical route makes complete high-level circuit via world famous demanding passes Kongma La (5,535), Cho La (5420m) and Renjo La (5,340m).
4. Everest Trek with Monasteries and Sherpa Culture begins from Lukla, the Gateway of the Everest Region. The trek has been especially devised for those adventurers who also wish to make a cultural journey into the Everest Region. Along with trekking in the region surrounded by Himalaya peaks, culture enthusiasts get to visit ancient monasteries and witness cultural life of the highland Sherpas. It will also be a great introductory to those wishing for cultural insights into the Sherpa version of Buddhism. The trek passes through the verdant alpine forest and wildlife, raging glacial rivers and waterfalls, stony trails, mountains, and Buddhist monasteries. The journey too passes through Namche Bazaar, the capital of Sherpas, where you are greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. You enjoy the Sherpa village, its culture and monasteries.
5. Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is an alternative to classical trek in Khumbu that has been specially crafted for travelers who are eager to experience the magnificence of the Everest range, while avoiding too much physical stress. The trail of this trek passes through Namche Bazaar, Phortse Village and Machhermo where the mountains are more spectacular. Passing through these villages, you also get a chance to have a look at the lifestyles of high altitude dwellers. You reach Gokyo enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Ngozumba Glacier, the largest of its kind in the Nepal Himalayas. The small herding settlement of Gokyo (4,750m) lies on the banks of the third lake in a series of small turquoise mountain lakes. On ridge above Gokyo the four peaks above 8,000m, Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu, expose themselves. The view from Gokyo is exceptionally beautiful and offers more of the legendary mountain than the views from Kalapattar. With its enticing side glens, a string of turquoise lakes, Nepal’s biggest glacier and an arc of Snow Mountains, the Gokyo valley is the most attractive in the Khumbu Region.
6. Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is a great adventure trek for the travelers who are physically fit, in good health, and are determined to challenge themselves with unpredictability of mountain life. The iconic mountain trail to Everest Base Camp follows the footsteps of legendary mountaineers, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. While on the trek, you also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people. Visit the Buddhist monasteries with prayer flags, the Sherpa and other ethnic villages with their simple yet rich mountain lifestyles. The views are gorgeous, and walking in the Himalayas proves to be quite an intense experience.
7. Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge Trek reaches the base camp of the tallest mountain peak while staying in the high quality lodges of the Khumbu region. The grandest mountain walk in the world is an unparalleled opportunity to trek in the Himalayas where Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set off on their epic journey in 1953. The trip also includes a cultural trek into the scenic Sherpa heartland of the Khumbu Valley. Another remarkable feature of the trip is the opportunity to experience the typical Himalayan lifestyle. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Himalayan range near the Khumbu region with four of the world’s six tallest peaks of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu rising above everything in view. Besides trekking, take a glimpse into the life of world famous climbers, the Sherpas. The trek further provides an immense opportunity to survey around the world heritage site of the Sagarmatha National Park which hosts a variety of Himalayan flora and fauna and to explore the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world. Upon enjoying a marvelous 360-degree panorama of the Himalayas from Kala Patthar, the trek culminates.
8. Everest Base Camp Trek (Rapid) is a great introductory trek for those travelers who wish to visit Everest Base Camp in a short time. It is well accepted that the Everest Base Camp trek is the grandest walk in the land of the Himalayas. This trek, the world’s most awe inspiring and iconic mountain trail, takes you to the yards of world famous Sherpas, the culture of colorful prayer flags and Buddhism, the quaint Namche Bazzar, the Sagarmatha National Park, the mightiest view point-Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp itself and close to four of the world’s six tallest peaks Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho-Oyu – those rise above everything else. While passing through the verdant alpine forest, wildlives, raging glacial rivers, waterfalls, and stony trails, you encounter with the spectacular mountain vistas, the Sherpa culture, the mountain monasteries, and the wild life museums in the Everest region.
9. Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes takes you to fabulous Gokyo Valley, source of grand Dudh Koshi River – the large Ngojumba Glacier, the famous Cho La pass, and the celebrated view points of Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar along with Everest Base Camp. The trek further traverses through the landmarks of Everest region in the company of majestically soaring mountains, friendly Sherpas, colorful monasteries and prayer flags, the Namche Bazzar, the Sagarmatha National Park, and many more. Gokyo, a hidden valley with gorgeous blue lakes in the lap of Himalaya has its own reputation among the adventurous souls. Many trekkers yearn to visit the Gokyo valley as a side trip during their Everest Base Camp Trek and they feel their Everest trek incomplete if they happen to miss the trip to Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Peak, and the famous pass, Cho La. The entire area is blessed with abounding natural beauty of shimmering Lakes. Beyond peace of mind at the tranquil appearance of the glacial Lakes, you can enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of four above 8000 m massifs and other mountain ranges from the best view point of Everest Region, the Gokyo Ri.
10. Everest Three Passes Trek is the most sought after destinations in the Everest region. The trek focuses on adventure, fun, and cultural exposure in the Everest region. The trek helps you to be mesmerized by the turquoise waters of Gokyo lakes, glaciers suspended on the Himalayas. Other important destinations that you visit during this trek are the Renjo, Chola and Kongma La passes. Also trek to world’s most sought after trekking destinations – the Everest Base Camp. Another great attraction is the Kalapatthar – a mountain of black rock. The Kalapatthar top is one of the most sought after vantage point to see Mt. Everest. Also, enjoy the 360 degree panoramic views of above 8000m mountain ranges. Overall, experience the unforgettable moments by witnessing extraordinary natural and cultural landscape throughout the journey.
11. Everest View Trek offers a wide range of spectacular scenery combined with unique cultural encounters with the Sherpa people who inhabit in the high altitude regions of the world. The trek continues through the lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park, with pine forests, rhododendron flowers and an abundance of wildlife, to Namche Bazaar (3440m). Furthermore, the trek brings you to the village of Tengboche (3930m), home to the highest Buddhist monastery in the world (4100m) and also reputed by photographers as one of the best places to capture the awesome beauty of Mt. Everest (8848m) and its neighboring peaks. The concluding days of this adventure will be spent in the delightful and scenic villages of Khunde (3500m) and Khumjung, where we will have the opportunity to interact with the legendary Sherpa people and participate in their astonishing traditional lifestyle.
July 11, 2013
I travelled with Himalayan Glacier Trekking in May to Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Ri, Cho La Pass, Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. There hasn’t been one second with a doubt that I had chosen the right company.
Food throughout the treks was very good (with two exceptions exactly at those villages the guidebooks (I read before) already mentioned). Khagendra as my guide did a great job from the moment he picked me up at Kathmandu Airport till the moment he managed to get a flight for me from Lukla back to Kathmandu when all flights were cancelled on the day before because of bad weather conditions and many other trekkers, climbers & runners were also looking for flights as the Everest Marathon took place on the day before also. This has only been possible because of his & HGT’s good connections and his frequent visits to Lukla Airport checking the latest news & development. He himself had to stay longer at Lukla and even two days later he wasn’t back at Kathmandu due to the difficult weather conditions end of May, beginning of June and the priority we all as tourists enjoy in contrast to all local guides. He took care of what I was eating, I could always ask about his opinion, which food would be suitable and there has always been a Goodie of fresh fruit after dinner and some cookies at teatime, both he organized for me himself. It was no problem to ask for a second course no matter whether it was for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It was clearly his attitude to do everything possible from his side to keep me in good shape. When I had some slight problems with headaches in the beginning he asked me each day not only one time how the situation was developing and he carefully watched me how I was doing throughout the whole trek.
The Lodges were mostly very good, everybody should be aware that there are some places with lodges of higher standard and other places with lower standards (some villages are famous for it L, read the guidebooks ), but in General I was very satisfied with their quality. I am not expecting a perfect home away from home in such a remote area and as normally all lodges are only a home for one night (those where we stayed two nights were both of high standard) it should be possible to get along with it for such a short time. Also my experience has been that in those lodges of lower standard only some aspects were not satisfying, not all.
Additionally Himalayan Glacier Trekking has already started making a very good job before I arrived in Kathmandu. I had a quite regular email contact to Naba and he was answering all my questions, I had before booking and also before starting the trek, fast and detailed.
Back in Germany I already started thinking about a trek next year in the Annapurna region and I will definitely choose Himalayan Glacier Trekking again. I will contact them in the next month to propel my plans.
May 19, 2013
Browse Himalayan Glacier this spring and unleash the passion of adventure in the Himalayas.
The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes trip takes adventurous trekkers to fabulous Gokyo Valley, source of grand Dudh Koshi River – the large Ngojumba Glacier, the famous Cho La pass, and the celebrated view points of Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar along with Everest Base Camp.
The trek further traverses through the landmarks of Everest region in the company of majestically soaring mountains, friendly Sherpas, colorful monasteries and prayer flags, the Namche Bazzar, the Sagarmatha National Park, and many more. Gokyo, a hidden valley with gorgeous blue lakes in the lap of Himalaya has its own reputation among the adventurous souls.
Many trekkers crave to visit the Gokyo valley as a side trip during their Everest Base Camp Trek and they feel their Everest trek incomplete if they happen to miss the trip to Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Peak, and the famous pass, Cho La. The entire area is blessed with abounding natural beauty of shimmering Lakes.
Beyond peace of mind at the tranquil appearance of the glacial Lakes, trekker can enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of four above 8000 m massifs and other mountain ranges from the best view point of Everest Region, the Gokyo Ri – because panorama from here is more spectacular than that from Kala Patthar viewpoint.
Join Himalayan Glacier’s expert team that has scaled the highest peak of the world and its base camp in number of times since 1992. We provide international quality services and enhance to experience trek of a life time.
May 14, 2013
I just wanted to thank you once again for the incredible experience in Nepal! We had a great time and really appreciate the support of your organization. The trip truly exceeded our expectations in every way and we would strongly recommend Himalayan Glacier Trekking to anyone.
I also wanted to tell you how impressed we were with your trekking staff…Rishi, Subas and Suman were outstanding, very professional and above all “fun to trek with”! In particular, I would like to tell you that Rishi is really the finest guide I have ever traveled with. He took incredible care of us during the trek making sure we ate fresh food, were healthy and having a great time throughout the trip.
Thanks for everything!
February 20, 2013
I wanted to thank Himalayan Glacier for the unforgetable trek that you provided 6 clients (me included) to Island Peak in October, 2011. My first contact with Himalayan Glacier was Tony Monaco. I could tell right away that I had called the right company to arrange and guide the trek. Tony helped me with every questions with great patience, and he was the reason that I settled on Himalayan Galcier. Please pass that on to Tony, with my thanks. Also, I wanted to ask you to thank our guide, Ashish, for me. He was always kind, and helpful, and I could not imagine having a better guide. The assistant guides (Mekhraj and Mingma) were also top-notch, as were the porters (whose names I forgot). Please tell Tony, Ashish, Mekhraj and Mingma
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January 2, 2013
Our trip with Himalayan Glacier was a great experience. I did a great deal of research on trekking companies and decided on Himalayan Glacier due to very positive reviews, an excellent website, very prompt/informative answers to my questions, ability to do custom itineraries and reasonable rates. I also liked the fact that my money was going towards employing a Nepalese staff as tourism is extremely important to the economy of Nepal.
Trip highlights included going to Everest Base Camp, watching sunset on Everest from Kala Patthar and hiking over Cho La Pass. We had limited days in Nepal and therefore did a custom trip at a faster than normal pace. Santa, our guide, was very flexible to our planned itinerary, but also adamant about acclimating properly. We worked out an itinerary that was very satisfactory and everyone stayed healthy at high altitude.
I want to say thanks to our guide Santa. He did an outstanding job. He set up reservations for our lodges, took us to eat at places with safe food for weak western stomachs and kept us on track. Surprisingly Santa’s cell phone worked at most places along the trek. He used his cell phone to confirm lodge reservations, check on weather and even order meals for us before arriving in a village. There are few trail signs in this region. I consider myself pretty good and route finding, but was very glad we had Santa to keep us on track as there are many spurs off the normal path that would have been confusing.
A big thank you to our porter Kesav as well. We did some long days on the trail to stay on our aggressive schedule. Kasav carried a heavy load, as normal, on these days, never once complaining and always with a smile on his face. He also watched after us to make sure we were safe.
Having a guide and porter was extremely helpful. I had thought about doing the trek independently. Sounder minds prevailed, however (my wife). I quickly found a trekking company to be very helpful. Our guide and porter took care of us. Everything from picking us up at the airport to planning every detail of our trip. Flying from Kathmandu to Lukla is not easy. Flights are constantly delayed due to weather. Having a guide to help maneuver the complex system can prove very valuable. You stand a much better chance of keeping your schedule on track when someone is helping who has knowledge of the flight system and friends in the right places. However, even with this help, I recommend having a couple extra days on each side of your trip, so you can complete your trek and make your international flight on time.
My wife and I found the Himalayan Glacier staff to be very professional. There were no hidden costs and our itinerary was very well detailed. The staff went over and beyond expectations to make sure we had a fun and safe trip.
What an incredible journey! The Himalaya are truly magnificent. Just when you think you have seen the highlight of the trip around the corner is something even more amazing. We found the Nepalese people to be very friendly and kind. We will be back.
December 27, 2012
I return recently from Nepal, were I did the program Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo &Everest Base Camp – 22 days, with Dorji as a guide and climbing guide Tenji in Chhunkung.
Your trip were excellent and all guides and porters have done an excellent work. Dorji and porters always pay attention in everything and were very professional. I can say that Dorji should be a climbing guide, because he were very good on climbing Island Peak.
I really hope that Himalyan Glacier continuos to do work in sense of give better conditions of work, better salaries and help porters and guides during low seasons, because guides and porters always do a excellent work with a smile in them faces. Never forget that porters and guides are the face of companies near costumers.
I am very glad to had Dorji as a guide and had the porters that he choose as my porters. They were very kindly and help me very much.
Thanks for everything.