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Everest Base Camp Trek Experience

I wanted to thank you both and congratulate you on the outstanding staff you have. Homanth was a great guide. He was punctual at the airport, took care of everything to get us set up and provided necessary guidance along the trail. He has a seemingly endless smile and positive attitude which were well appreciated and sometimes much needed. As I know you are aware, the plane crash took place on the 5th morning of our trek and it was our airplane. I was shaken by the experience and all my pent up concerns came flooding back. Emotionally it was difficult to imagine getting on a plane to fly out of Lukla after that. Thus besides the 4 day weather hold that preceded our return to Lukla I also had that in the back of my mind and was willing to pay almost ANYTHING to get me out of there in a helicopter. Naba, you and Homanth tried your best to accommodate and I sincerely appreciate it. And the fact that you eventually got us a good airplane out of Lukla at the last possible instant that day was also something for which I will be eternally grateful.

Way to Everest Base Camp
Way to Everest Base Camp

All that said, my time wasn’t spent entirely worrying about the return trip. I greatly enjoyed the trek itself and continue to be awestruck at what I saw and experienced. I was nearly in tears when I finally reached Kala Patthar on a glorious morning. It was beyond my wildest dreams in terms of what it felt like standing there.
As for your porters, I have said this to everyone here who has asked me about my trek…. I am astonished at the spirit, stamina and strength of the people of the Khumbu. Amazing, tireless workers who seem to relish each day without complaint. Photos of people carrying what amounts to about two large wooden DOORS on their backs up a steep slope have people here wondering if they’d be able to do that for even a few feet! Subas and Suman were super-human, from my vantage point. Not only because of the loads they carried and the ease with which they did the tasks but also the smiles and the service they provided when we were all simply exhausted. Wow. That will remain a lasting image in my mind beyond the many awe-inspiring views.

@ kala patthar (18,200 Feet)
@ kala patthar (18,200 Feet)

Thank you again both for your assistance. Tony, you are a great asset to HG as you were always quick to provide information and answer my questions. Naba, you made us feel welcome and valued as clients.

Sincerely,
Mark Richardson
Petaluma, California, USA

The Magic of the EBC Trail

Well I will have to say my first experience in Nepal caught me by surprise! In anticipation for the trip all I wanted was not to get altitude sickness and that I end up with a good tour group.

Everest Trail
Everest Trail

Fast forward 3 weeks and I can honestly say that for the first time in many years I woke up!
The incredible scenery, the amazing culture, the most hospitable people all had left me with a feeling this place has a kind of ‘magic’ about it!

I couldn’t have asked for a funkier bunch of guys in my trekking group than Steve and Pasha! We shared so many great experiences and plenty of frivolity along the way. It was the running joke, “A Canadian, a Ukrainian and an Aussie walk into the bar!”…well in fact it was our tour group! (we did however find a bar or two to walk into on our travels??)
We also met so many people from so many different parts of the world along the way. Everyone had such fascinating stories to tell.

Finally at Everest Base Camp with a group
Finally at Everest Base Camp with a group

But the most important factor in making this experience so memorable was HGT. They made everything run so smoothly and nothing was ever a problem. In fact if there was some kind of problem they went out of their way to make sure it didn’t affect your experience and got things sorted out immediately.

I cannot speak highly enough of Bam Mangar our tour guide. Bam quite simply was the ultimate professional. He committed 100% towards you and made sure you were always looked after. Bam was highly experienced and knowledgeable with the history and culture of the EBC trail. Bam was also the butt of many of our jokes and gave as good back to us!

As for altitude sickness, due to the well planned itinerary and the wise eye of Bam, we all managed to achieve our ultimate dream and get to EBC without any major hiccups.

I have traveled to many parts of the world and met so many amazing people and I would have to say my trek to Everest Base Camp and all that went with the tour would have to rate as one of the best experiences of my life!

I can’t wait to return to Nepal one day and will certainly be looking up HGT to organize my next Nepalese experience!

Simon

Woman Trekking Guide Leads The Way in Nepal

Started Ten Years Ago

A decade ago in when Saraswati Biswakarma first began plying her trade as a trekking guide she was met with some considerable resistance from her male counterparts. They would quite often remind her that she was taking a job which was considered male only territory. The 28-year-old guide explains, ”’You’ve snatched our job’, they would shout when I walked up the mountains with over 10kg on my back.”

One of the few Females to Climb Annapurna IV

In a profession which has always been the domain of Nepalese men, Biswakarma is one of the first females to undertake this kind of work – and she remains one of the few women in Nepal who have been able to take up work as a trekking guide. As part of this process she has had to face some very stern physical tests and to date she is one of just a handful of women to have climbed Annapurna IV. This ascent is considered by most to be one of the hardest challenges in Nepal.

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