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Everest Base Camp Trek – Steve Graff

I would like to thank everyone at HGT for the fine service your company provided for my recent Everest Base Camp Trek. I have nothing but the highest regard for everyone in your company, from the office staff to the porters, to the trek leader and the assistant leader.

At Everest Base Camp Trek
At Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Elevation
Everest Base Camp Elevation

Specifically, I would like to make the following observations/comments:

  • Being met at the airport by Giri with a garland of flowers was a great way to begin the experience.
  • The Hotel Shanker exceeded my expectations. The accommodations were quite comfortable, clean, and conveniently located. The buffet breakfasts were excellent and the hotel staff most helpful and courteous.
  • Our tour of Kathmandu was excellent and most informative. Our guide was quite knowledgeable.
  • The dinner out the first night was first rate, and I enjoyed the dance performance. (You might want to include this highlight in your brochure.)
  • Going to the office, meeting the staff, and then being issued our duffel bags, sleeping bags and jackets was efficient.
  • The morning flight to Lukla was exciting, Giri helped to minimize the stress of the “crazy” airport scene and the handling of our luggage. I would suggest that the luggage be weighed the night before at the hotel to avoid last minute problems of being overweight and having to rush to remove items.
  • Getting started on the trek the first day was so very exciting. I will never forget my first impressions of the mountains, trails and people of Nepal as we set out.
  • My traveling companions, couples from Germany and Australia, were most gracious and enjoyable. They always made me fell welcome, though I was far older and single.
  • The method of having the assistant leader, Uttar set a deliberate pace with Giri at the end of the group was perfect. The group kept together and the pace was never too fast or too slow. The rest stops were also well conceived, giving us a chance to catch our breath and to enjoy the scenery.
  • Giri is simply the best. He was always attentive to our needs, especially our health and safety. When I experienced stomach problems, he offered excellent advice which helped to get me through it. When I developed double vision, as a result of altitude, he kept a very close watch on me, assuring that my symptoms did not get worse. He is a gentleman and professional of the highest caliber.
  • The lodgings were well chosen, and my room was always clean and comfortable. The food at all of the lodges was quite good.
  • I want to thank HGT for providing single accommodations for me without the supplement fee.
  • I was not prepared for the primitive toilet facilities, however, as we got further along. These facilities were especially difficult when I came down with diarrhea. I find no fault with HGT on this, but a more specific description in your brochure might have made me better prepared as to what to expect.
  • The final lunch together at Kilroy’s was fabulous, and this is another highlight which could be added to the brochure. It was a wonderful (and delicious) way to end our experience together.
  • The trek was more difficult than I expected, mostly because I became ill. I am very pleased that I was able to reach EBC and will never forget that very special day and accomplishment.
  • Nepal is a beautiful and breathtaking. Thanks to HGT, I am fortunate to have seen some of the greatest mountains on our planet. The people of Nepal are gracious and friendly, and so very hard working. I was inspired by their faith.
Steve Graff at Sagarmatha National Park
Steve Graff at Sagarmatha National Park
Steve Graff with Guide Giri at Everest Base Camp
Steve Graff with Guide Giri at Everest Base Camp

Thank you once again for the experience of a lifetime. I’m only sorry that I waited until I was 66 years old to make this trip. I will gladly recommend HGT to any of my friends who might plan to make the journey, or you may use me as a referral.

Very sincerely,
Steve Graff
Poughkeepsie, NY

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Everest Base Camp Trek

It was a pleasure to met you and your manager in Kathmandu. I am very impressed with your good service during the trek in Everest Base Camp. Everything was perfect for me. Mainly the kindling assistance of guide Hom Nath and porters Subas and Suman. Accommodations and food were good level. Even in situation not expected like bad weather in Lukla, it was well resolved. I will recommend your company to my friends and I hope I will come back to make other trip with you.

Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek

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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