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.
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.
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.
Petaluma, California, USA
As I write from my cosy and comfortable home, I know only too well that a lot of people have worked behind and in front of the scenes to make the mission of my first ever trek become a reality. I owe a big thanks to Sneha for addressing every little query that I sent across before the trip. I can only appreciate how hard the Tamang family porters and assistant guides worked and of course Rishi bhaiya, our guide, who knew in two days that I want warm water at wake up, masala chai with my breakfast – that is usually omelette and toast! To say the very least I would say that he looked after me very well.
I really can’t say that the trek was an easy experience for me, but I am taking comfort in assuming that it is probably what will leave me amongst a small segment of the world’s population that attempts and completes this trek – the support of the crew and my fellow travellers was critical in making me put my next foot ahead every day and every hour of the walk and I am grateful to them all.
I can also not thank Mingmar, our assistant guide enough for looking after me at Gorak Shep when I was hit with altitude sickness on the day we were to go to EBC. I appreciated not only his care-taking abilities but also his sensitivity to the fact that I was unlikely to do this trek again and therefore descending to Labouche would be a lost opportunity for me. He gave me every chance to feel better so that I didn’t have to abandon my planned climb to Kala Pathar the following day – without allowing me to put myself through any risk. And to Kala Pathar I did go, thanks to him!
There is a very good reason this trek is rated amongst the top 10 trekking experiences in the world – it is challenging, it is adventurous! It is not easy, but it is not impossible! It allows you to take in amazing sights and appreciate a world and its people that is little known to us. It makes us push ourselves to the limit so we can return with a lingering feeling of accomplishment. As T.S.Eliot said ‘Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go!’
And finally Naba, let me compliment you on building the great team that you have. I can see that each one of them love working for the company and put their work before everything else. The best advice I got from a friend of mine who had trekked to the EBC a few months ago was that I go with a group. It was the most sensible advice and without doubt I made the best choice when I chose to go with HGT.
We will never forget our trekking to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. We were a group of six – a very experienced trekking guide, two helpful porter and three guys from Berlin. After the exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla we went on moderate paths via Namche Bazar to the monastery in Tengboche. We enjoyed the spectacular scenery of mountains and the monastery. The buddhist monks prayed during a celebration for the soul of their former head lama died 50 days ago.