We, that is myself, the author of this piece, Dr Frank from Belgium, and my gotson from Venezuela, Wilmer, went on the Himalaya glacier trip in October 2009 (October 16 till October 30).
Seen the fact that I live and work in Malaysia, the trip was booked from Kuala Lumpur via a local agent. Bookings as such went fine, but it was a bit unfortunate that we were not aware of a certain flexibility in the accomodation provided to us during the trip. Agent in Kuala Lumpur had only sent us a standard type of tour. The standard type is more apt for young or-for that matter- budget trekkers, but appeals less to the more sophisticated travellers as were are.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we encountered some difficulties as to the choice of accomodation, we equally did so along the way in Tibet. Mister Naba, during our first meeting just a few hours into our journey, made us aware of the possibility to upgrade our accomodation, for which we were grateful. We did so in Kathmandu and on a few occasions also in Tibet by paying an extra, though reasonable. Only the more luxury type of accomodation in Kathmandu was a bit pricy, compared to Malaysia in the first place and compared to the standard of living in Nepal in the second place.