December 27, 2012
I have no complaints about the trek.I do not expect “perfection” from organisers or clients-but as long as its 90% good,then the trip will be a success.
The key positive:
The quality of the guide and the porters (as well as their seamless interaction) in terms of helpfulness and mountain experience, always focusing on the objective of the client and never exhibiting negative attitude.This was awesome.
The equipment used even by the experienced guides,is sometimes lacking in standard.With a European perspective,there were places I would expect more security (ropes/crampons etc) but I assume this is a cultural thing in Nepal.Each region have different approaches to low and high risk scenarios.
This was probably a result of my stomach not being in good shape,but I would have hoped for a slightly more diverse menu.Ultimately,everything tasted the same-and I know this is partly due to altitude,boiling temperature,difficulty of transportation etc- but compared to treks in Latin America- there seems to be less focus on counting carbs/protein/energy etc.I do not think this was unique to the chef,who did a very good job in challenging conditions.
Thanks also to you for responding very well to questions from impatient clients etc and of course to the country of Nepal for offering such amazing scenery and hospitality.
I am going to Argentina in February and hope to be back to Nepal next October with skies.
We shot a very funny little film on the top of Mera Peak and he wanted to see it.I have just placed it on YOUTUBE and you can all see it.
The link is:
August 27, 2012
Nepal is increasingly becoming a travel, trek and meeting hub in the South Asia region. After ending of the 10 years Civil War, Nepal has become even more popular travel destination. A recent Global Peace Index says that Nepal is the second most peaceful country in the South Asia. The Australia and US-based Institute of Economic and Peace’s ranking shows that when it comes to peace, Nepal is far more ahead than its neighbors like India, Sri-Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Nepal is even ahead of her northern neighbor China.
That’s one of the reasons why Nepal received a record number of tourists last year. Not only the tourist stay but the average number of days spent by tourists has also increased to a 7-year high in 2011. The trekking route in the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang region also received increased number of tourist arrivals. The number of mountaineers and the number of their stay also rose in that year.
Not only that, Nepal is also increasingly becoming a meeting hub for regional and international organizations. Various international organizations and companies are finding Nepal a perfect place for conducting their seminars and meetings owing to Nepal’s scenic beauty, pleasant climate, and hospitable people.
Similarly, Nepal also hosted a regional level film festival week recently. Documentary films on environment protection were shown in the festival. The participants were from Nepal, India, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and the Philippines.
Nepal is also increasing becoming a regional adventure sports center. Besides mountaineering and trekking, you will find opportunity for many adventure activities here: bungee jumping, mountain biking, kayaking, paragliding, rafting, etc. Nepal is also seeing more adventure related infrastructure in its tourism industry. The recent one is the plan of creating an international standard rafting center at Bhotekoshi.
Recently, another adventure sports was introduced in Nepal’s tourist capital of Pokhara: Zipflyer. A popular adventure sport in Europe, Nepal’s Zipflyer is South Asia’s first Zipflyer adventure. This adventure sport takes you on ropes from Pokhara’s Sarankot Hill to Yamdi. You cross and pass by various mountains, jungles, lakes, and rivers. Pokhara’s Zip Line is supposed to be one of world’s fastest and longest Zip–lines.
August 30, 2011
Anyone considering climbing any peaks in the Everest Region during the Fall of 2012? Thinking about Mera or Lobuche East in late October early November. Any advice? Thanks CJ
May 29, 2009
It’s difficult to translate in words what we felt and what we saw when we were finally on the top of the Island Peak.
The day was absolutely fantastic – we were very lucky. We have reached the top of the Island Peak mountain at 09:00h in the morning and everything was just perfect. What sensational views! Everywhere we looked at we just could see big mountains. It’s amazing!
We would like to thank our climbing guide Mr. Pen Sherpa for his great professionalism. He has a great knowledge about these mountains.
We sincerely think that he is one of the best climbing guides we may find in Nepal. The two young sherpa that were with us were also very friendly and kind always worried with our well be and hydration. We only disposed of 2 weeks to be in Nepal and climb the Island Peak and Himalayan Glacier has an option that turned our wishes possible. What we did was very hard and atypical when climbing in Himalaya.
We would like to thank Himalayan Glacier Trekking for taking care of all the arrangement and for having understood our needs. Without their help our dream of climb a peak in Himalayan would have been impossible.
To climb Island Peak only in two weeks it’s important to be in a very good physical condition since you will have to walk 6-7hr in average per day. You don’t have time to acclimatize well. You have to do it wile you are walking and you will always sleep at high altitudes so it’s important to drink a lot of liquids and eat nice and energetic food. It’s very easy to loose the appetite at high altitudes.
For those people that like us don’t have much time to climb in Nepal, the good news are that there are agencies like Himalayan Glacier that can arrange a plan that fills your needs.
Pedro and Sílvia and Group
Island Peak climbing
Joaquin and Montse in Solukhumbu. Island and Mera Peak thought Amphu Lhasa Pass. September-October 2008
December 11, 2008
Last September we arrived to Nepal for a trek to Island and Mera Peak. This was the second time we were flying from Kathmandu to Lukla with Himalayan Glacier trekking. In September 2007, we were caught in Khare by a strong snowfall that kept us inside the tent for a week. We did not climb the mountain but this turned out not to worry us in any extent: we felt great of simply being there and when heading for Lukla again we already knew we would come back very soon. Read more
November 10, 2008
We are writing to express our appreciation of the excellent program by Himalaya Glacier Trekking. Although our primary aim of Mera Peak did not materialize, we are very pleased with the outcome of our adventure in the Himalayas.
October 3, 2008
We went to rock climbing in Nagarjun (near by Kathmandu) for rock climbing on 2nd of September. There was 9 people in group lead by our climbing guide Mr. Tengi Sherpa. We will be flying to Lukla on 4th of September for our Mera Peak Expedition.