May 13, 2009
Today April 24 is the rest day at Namche Bazaar (11300 ft) – we hiked up 2600 feet yesterday after crossing the Hillary Bridge. Boy that was a steep hike!
On April 22, we finally got out of Kathmandu to Lulka airport. When you get a chance, go to maps.google.com, find Lukla, Nepal, and watch the landing at Lukla airport to appreciate what the pilots need to do to get us there. Brian from our group is a pilot, and even he was impressed.
April 20, 2009
While visiting my son Nick in Vietnam in November, I took a side trip for a 15 day trek in the Everest region of Nepal. I flew to Kathmandu, and on to Lukla to begin the trek. I hiked for 7 days to reach elevations over 5,000 meters or 16,000 feet. For the next five days I hiked around those elevations to the Everest Base camp, Kala Patthar at 5,545 meters or 18, 188 feet, over the Cho La Pass, and up Gokyo Ri. From Gokyo Ri there is a spectacular view of four of the world’s six highest mountains including a great view of Mt. Everest. The last three days were spent hiking back down to Lukla for a flight back to Kathmandu. It was a great experience that I highly recommend.
April 14, 2009
A friend and I planned a two weeks trip to Nepal which mainly included trekking coupled with a quick visit to Pokhara. This was a trip planned at the eleventh hour, but thanks to Himalayan Glaciers, it was well customized and perfectly organized. I highly recommend this agency, in particular, Naba (Sales Manager) as in my opinion, he is a ideal contact to have in a foreign country such as Nepal.
Our guides Tulsi and Phiroz were very accommodating, uplifting and most importantly, experienced and knowledgeable. At 5,000 metres, I showed signs of altitude sickness. This was quickly recognized and well managed by Tulsi and Phiroz. I am thankful to have been in their care for they helped ensure my trip to be memorable and safe.
Thanks from Nanda and Najieb
April 10, 2009
We all enjoy trekking but had only been around in Sweden before. Therefore we wanted to experience trekking abroad. After recommendations from friends, who visitied Nepal and Himalayan Glacier one year earlier, we decided to go to Nepal and do the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. This was a decision we have not regretted.
We want to thank Himalayan Glacier Trekking for making our trekking experience something to remember for the rest of our lives!
Himalayan Glacier Trekking is a full service company that took care of us from the time that we arrived in Kathmandu until we left.
When we arrived to the airport in Kathmandu we were greeted by our trekking guide who was paitiently waiting for us (our bags were one of the last bags put on the luggage belt).
Prior to the trek Himalayan Glacier Trekking provided a guided one day tour in Kathmandu followed by an excellent welcome dinner. It was interesting to get a view of the city and its history, the people and the culture.
It can sometimes be hard for tourists to know what to bring to a trip like this, especially when you are not familiar with the season and the variable weather conditions. Himalayan Glacier Trekking helped us with all necessary information and also checked our gear before starting the trek.
The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek takes 12 days to accomplish. However, the guide can adapt the trek to the conditions and wishes of the group. Along the trek there were plenty of time to make stops for taking pictures, drinking water and look at the beatiful scenery in front of us. In average we walked about 4-5 hours a day in a landscape that shifted a lot in apperance – rhododendron forests, high peaks, glaciers and hot springs among other things. Breathtaking views!
Arriving to the lodges everything was already set for our stay. The Himalayan Glacier Trekking staff had booked the best rooms for us and most of the lodges had showers with warm water. Very nice after a day of walking!
All the lodges had a meny from which you could order a number of different meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We usually ordered the vegetarian meals which did not make us disappointed. We remember escpecially the vegetarian pizza in Chomrong! So tasty!!!
Both the accommodation and food exceeded all our expectations!
All the staff (manager, guide, sherpas and porters) were very friendly, helpful and answered all the questions that we had about the environment and animals etc but also told us about Nepalesian people and the way they live.
We remember especially one occasion when our credit card got stuck in an ATM and we had given up hope to get it back. When our guide, Kapil, heard about this he immediately contacted the bank and arranged so we could get the card back the next morning. Thank you Kapil for helping us!
Finally we once again want to thank Himalayan Glacier Trekking for arranging such a wonderful and memorable trip for us. We give our best recommendations!
Thanks to Naba (Travel Manager, Nepal), Kapil (Nepal Trekking Guide), Shiba (Assistant Trekking Guide), Ganesh (Assistant Trekking Guide), Raam (Assistant Trekking Guide), Babu (Assistant Trekking Guide)
Greetings from Kristina, Fredrik and Anders from Sweden.
April 7, 2009
We are kindly expressing our huge gratitude to you personally and to all management team of “Himalaya Glacier ” and to the guides of your company, Prem and Suraj for our trip across Nepal. It was absolutely perfectly organized and we are happy to say to you thanks for it. That was our second trip across Nepal and all those cases we’ve been co-operated with the only your company and people above.
There was quite a big number of people in our group from Russia (we had very big group (42 persons) from Moscow.), but all things were organized perfectly and based on the high professional level, including travel route, sightseeing places and all necessary facilities on the trip.
Please give our special thanks to your guides Prem and Suraj for the high professional level and their cordial and absolutely positive attitude for the job. We love your country and we are going back to Nepal very soon for sure. Hope to see you soon,
With warm and friendly greetings,
Alexander Sviyash and group
The centre of positive psychology of A. Sviyash March 2009
April 5, 2009
Thank you very much for organizing our trek from Pokhara. It was the highlight of our visit to Nepal. All air and ground transportation was perfectly arranged, our hotels and guest houses were comfortable, and our guide, Dev Raj Giri, was excellent. His knowledge and consideration for our welfare insured a pleasurable experience. Thank you also for your personal attention to our needs while we were planning our trip, and especially during our entire time in Nepal.
I highly recommend Himalayan Glacier as an excellent tour company for all aspects of travel in Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and the surrounding area. I am sure we will be using you again.
Hawaiian Trail & Mountain Club
March 26, 2009
A short travelogue I put together after a trip in 2004. There is no boring dialog, but, in its own way, it speaks volumes about being there. NEPAL- a wonderful place with great people and a rich culture, not to mention majestic mountains!
Go there if you can. You are sure to have a fantastic time.
Drop me a line if you have questions about travel there. I’ve been quite a few times- including Bhutan (and I’ll post a video on Bhutan later). Be glad to help.
February 26, 2009
Mr Kamal & Ms Gayathri are back home safe, Gayathri was rescued from Dingboche in Helicopter as she had food poisiting.
We are back in Sydney. Back to our boring routine. Gayathri moved to a hostel near her campus and we are busy with our work.
It is warm here and we already miss the cold weather of Nepal. I wish to share some ideas about the trek and some pictures. I believe that the whole the trek and climbing was very well organized and well paced. Guide “Tilak” is marvelous. He had a good knowledge of the route, surrounding mountains locations, and people. He was helpful through out the trek and sometimes carried my bags for me. We remember your porter “Lok Dal” as a very strong, polite and careful person. The way he cared of my daughter, when she got in to the trouble was excellent. If you keep employing person with these qualities, your organization will thrive and will never go out of business. Please take a good care of them. You can not afford to loose them to another organization.
I have few comments:
- Meeting at the Kathmandu Air Port, dinner and night out at Kathmandu, and introduction to the trek was excellent.
- Any hints about the food we should look at while on the trek would be a greatly beneficial. For example I feel that if Gaya avoided meat and diary products at Namche Bazar, she would not get the food poisoning.
- The guides were very friendly, helpful during the whole trip and set a good pace for our fitness and acclimatisation levels.
- Visiting Everest View Hotel was worthwhile. We should have stayed for a longer to enjoy it.
- The rest day in Namche was also good. But I feel that we should have continued to Kumchung next day and rest.
- The lodges we stayed at were good, except for Tembouche. Food we had at Temboughe was very ordinary. Is it possible to avoid Tembouche and walk up to Pembouche for the night rest?
- The pacing of the walk was good especially for my age.
- The way you handle the emergency was excellent. Helicopter arrived in time and the clinic you recommended was excellent.
- In Overall I could recommend to any one your service. I am not good in writing of references. But if you wish to give anyone my coordination for recommendation, I do not have any issues with it. My Email is ————@rta.nsw.gov.au.
Again thanks for your service. I wish you a good health and prosperous business in future.
Kamal and Gayathri