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United States5 Jul, 2007
Natasa

Three weeks tour in Tibet

Lhasa with Mansarovar Lake and Kailash Kora

We were five women in a group and our travel started in Khatmandu/Nepal in july 2007.  Mr. Naba from Himalayan Glacier agency (www.himalayanglacier.com) organised for us three weeks tour in Tibet.From Hotel Encounter (nice hotel very near Thamel) the agency arranged for us drive to the border place Kodari, then with a help of Nepali guide we crossed the border and soon we met our Tibetan guide Mr. Chiwang and two jeep drivers.


In Zanghmu, the first town in Tibet, we changed some money and late in the night came to Nyalam (3700 m), where we slept in a very clean and nice rooms.

Our next stop was Tingri and on the way to there we crossed the pass Torong La (5200 m). The landscape was inspite of bad weather magic. In Tingri we learned that the road to the Everest Base Camp is very bad because of raining, so we changed the plan and continued our travel to Lhatse and Sakya. We stopped in Sakya for a visit an old monastery and then we drove further to Shigatse. We stayed over night in the Tibetan Farmers Hotel. Shigatse is a nice town with impressive Tashilumpo Monastery, interesting Summer Palace and peaceful park with old chortens.

In Gyantse was our next stop. First we visited the old castle, from where is nice view to the old and new part of town. The old town spreads till very high stupa (32,4 m) with 108 cells countaining venerable mural paintings. After quite long drive we reached Lhasa, the capital town of Tibet. Here we stayed five nights in the Hotel Pata on Barkhor Square. In the surroundings of the hotel is Jokhang, the most sacred temple in Tibet and Potala Temple, the most impressive building in Lhasa. We visited also Norbulinka – The Dalailamas Summer Palace, the Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and one day we spent in Ganden Monastery, located about 45 km east of Lhasa.

But our main wish was circling around Kailash and before that visiting the highest monastery in the world – Rongbuk and Everest Base Camp. When we returned to Tingri, the weather was again very bad, the road wet and muddy, but anyway we drove to EBC and also saw the top of the Mount Everest in the moment when clouds ran away. This was something special. I got a feeling that the top of the mountain is touching the sky.

On the way back to Tingri, we had some car damages, but this was nothing serious. After lunch in Tingri we drove in the direction to Saga. On the way we had heavy raining and after crossing Qomolangma Natural Protection Area, we sticked on a bank of the river. The water was too high for crossing. It was already late in the afternoon, so the only possibility was to spent night in the jeeps.

Next morning the river was only narrow stream, so we could continued drive to Saga and the same day we reached Zongba. We slept there in a quite bad hotel (Yak Hotel), but it was the best in the village.

The weather became better and the landscape more and more beautiful. We drove toward Darchen, the village from where we started our three days walk around Kailash. First we reached Lake Manasarovar. It was turquoise and sparkled in the sunset From there we saw Mount Kailash, the centre of the universe for Hindus, Budhist and Jains. The view was magnificant.
We overnight in Darchen, our guide arranged the porters for our luggage and next morning we started our pilgrimage. First day we walked only three hours till Drira Phuk Monastery. The place is located in a nice valley precisely opposite Mount Kailash.
The weather was clear these day, so the view was remarkable. We slept in a dormitory near the monastery.

Next day we were walking cross the Drolma La (5636 m) to the Zutrul Phuk. These was long walking day ( 8 hours ), but very nice. Zutrul Phuk is a place with small monastery and also with small dormitory. We spent night there and next morning we had only two and half hours back to Darchen. The circle was completed. I was happy and sad in the same time. Happy because I fulfilled my long wish and sad because I knew that I should soon say goodby to this beautil country.

Anyway we spent another two days near Manasarovar lake and this was fantastic again. The lake and the surrounding is beautiful. West of Manasarovar is Lake Raksas. Between two lakes is a channel known as Ganga Chu. We slept in the Guest house very near the lake and only a half kilometer from village Chiu with monastery and nice chortens on the hill. If I will have chance to come in Tibet again, I would like to trek around the lake.

After two wonderful days near Manasarovar Lake, we started drive back toward to Paryang, Saga, Zangmu and the fouth day we came back to Khatmandu.

I can say, that we spent really nice weeks in Tibet. I realised, that travelling in Tibet can enrich ones personality, but one must be prepare on this country physicaly and even more psychicly.

I am thankful to Mr. Chiwang, our guide, and our jeep drivers for their help and patience. And of course to Mr. Naba from Himalayan Glacier Agency for arranging us this travel.

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Ireland8 Jun, 2007
Simonne and Paul

Annapurna circuit trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

We just wanted to say thanks again for organising such a brilliant Annapurna circuit trek. Prakase and Sontas were excellent as Guide, Porter and travel companions. We had a really good laugh with them and they were full of information about the Anapurna region.
The Anapurna Circut has been the best trek Paul and I have ever done and I just wanted to say thank you for organising the trip, accomodation, transfers, the safari trip and the rest of it so brilliantly. Everything went like clockwork and we were extremely happy and well looked after. We would definitely love to do this trek again and we'll be giving you a call if we do! We will definitely recommend Himalayan Glacier to any of our friends thinking of doing this trek. I've attached some photo's of us at the Thorong la pass

Thanks so much

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United States25 May, 2007
Gerald Lewinsohn

It was such an Extraordinary Adventure

Everest Base Camp Trek

Namaste! I hope all is well with you and Himalayan Glacier Trekking. It has been 4 months since we left for Nepal and 3 months since we returned home. We think of our trip often because it was such an extraordinary adventure. Now that a few months have passed, the highlights of our trek to Everest stand out even more vividly in retrospect than they did at the time.

 In reviewing those highlights most people would expect us to wax poetically about the beautiful wooded countryside on the way to Namche. Also who could forget the scary crossings of those wonderfully engineered suspension bridges replete with their colorful prayer flags billowing in the breeze while far below the rapidly flowing bluish-tinged glacier water (of the Dudh Khosi and Imja Khola rivers), twisted its way from up high, framed by steep cliffs on either side. Others would expect us to dwell on the Yaks, those magnificent creatures, unknown to most Westerners, that can only survive in the rarified atmosphere in and above Namche and that are so important to the local economy. Yet others would cite the cultural aspects of the Bhuddists through whose villages we trekked and who made such an indelible impression on us with their spirituality, their gentle ways, and the warmth of their beautiful smiles. And of course who would not expect us to rave about the raw starkness and hostile remoteness of the legendary Himalayan peaks that brought us to the Khumbu region in the first place.

But despite the thrill of all of the above and the many more memorable incidents too numerous to mention along the way, what really stands out when we think of our trip is the excellent service you and your staff provided, literally from the time we landed in Kathmandu on December 26, 2006 until we left on January 18, 2007. As you recall we were a group of just two… my wife and myself. On the trek our guides were Raj and Nirkuma and our porters were Lakpa and Ramish. Our trek was far from routine particularly given our dietary preferences, the fact that we were older (and in my case probably far less fit) than the average trekker and finally the inordinate delay presented by the weather on the way back from Lukla and consequently all that was entailed in terms of our reserved flights home.

You and your staff handled all the challenges of our trek in a most professional and caring way with appropriate attention to detail that makes all the difference when the unexpected arises. What we especially valued and very much appreciate was the concern for our welfare and safety that was always paramount with your team. They were also very considerate and kind. You can be very proud of them! When the possibility arose of a large group of trekkers unexpectedly filling a lodge, Raj would rush ahead to make sure space was available for us. When I would linger along the trail to take more photographs, Nirkuma would go out of his way to help me if needed. When we arrived at our lodge some evenings tired and hungry, our guides saw to it that we were provided with food and tea with minimum delay. When we departed in the mornings your men would make sure we had left nothing behind. Also, there was no pressure whatsoever imposed on us to rush and we were encouraged to pace ourselves and to follow a flexible schedule. This I think greatly facilitated our acclimatization and ultimate success in reaching the top of Kala Patthar.

A word about our porters, Ramish and Lapka: They did a phenomenal job, whatever the climbing conditions. Our gear was always waiting for us in our room when we arrived at our destination each evening and was always picked up promptly in the morning when we were ready to leave. They never once complained, always treated our luggage with care they would their own and always greeted us with a warm and friendly smile.

Finally we also have to compliment two of your Kathmandu staff, David and Hira. They were so helpful on our last day when we arrived back with barely time to make our international flight home. They monitored the flights in from Lukla, picked us as soon as we arrived, whisked us through heavy traffic into town to change our tickets, rushed us to our hotel to pick up our left luggage and returned us to the airport just in time to make our flight. This was a remarkable level of service under the circumstances.

As a tourist in an unfamiliar environment it is really important to be taken care of by a highly professional and experienced team who can be depended upon, especially when the unexpected happens. Himalayan Glacier Trekking unequivocally delivered for us and we most happily recommend your company without hesitation. Please feel free to pass on my email address to any and all prospective clients.

Best wishes for your continued success,

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United States23 May, 2007
Nick

At the Bottom of the Top of the World

Everest Base Camp Trek

After much persuasion I finally convinced Nick that is was a much better decision to hike for 16 days through the Himalayas, experience altitude sickness and trek to the Everest Base Camp rather than going for the easy trekking option of flying to Jomsom, trekking 5 days downhill and having no problems of getting back to Kathmandu!

We joined a group of 5 other trekkers and our Everest Base Camp trek started in a very civilised manner with a traditional Nepalese meal and dancing which included a Nepali version of Emu, a dressed up Peacock, and some mad dancer dressed up as the infamous Yeti.

The next morning was an early start to catch a flight to Lukla where we were to commence our trek. We should not have bothered getting up so early as flights to Lukla are invariably cancelled due to bad weather and had been for the last two days, thus we ended up waiting 6 hours in Kathmandu's domestic airport with nothing to do but listen to very dated Nepalese pop videos (there's me showing my age using the word 'pop'). Come 1pm, we were so excited to board our twin propellor plane that ooked like it would make for a fun ride...and it did. We were given cotton wool balls for our ears by the on-board hostess who had to duck 'cos the plane was so small.

Our 2nd day was to be a killer as we hiked for a good 7 hours ending with an 800m climb to the bustling town of Namche Bazaar. I had to take several rests on the climb up towards the town and of course was at the back of the group, as I had expected to be for the majority of the trip! Unfortunately when a couple of us enquired to our guide, the legendary KP, "Is this the hardest day?",

his reply was a definitive "No, Day 6,7.8 is harder than l today". Our hotel in Namche was quite plush with an ensuite room and some multiple legged hairy bugs, a good thing as we were due to spend a couple of days there acclimitazing. Namche formed the original trading route between Tibet and Nepal. Every Saturday they have a market where the locals buy anything from beer to foodstuffs that have been carried up the mountain for two days or more by the super strong Sherpas who can carry up to 100 kilos on their backs - they are the Nepalese version of Jeff Capes and very amazing!

 
After Namche we headed to a village called Khumjung (3810m), along the route we stopped at the 5 star Everest View Hotel built by the Japanese where we enjoyed a hot chocolate and of course the view of Everest. Khumjung is a small town where we took a short afternoon stroll to the local monastery. The attraction there was the skull of a Yeti that had been given to the town as a gift. The yeti head was very exclusive and locked away in a old gray filing cabinet only viewable after the donation of a few rupees. Well we could not resist seeing the remains of this legendary creature, however it looked more like an odd shaped human skull than that of a Yeti (I had seen a few Yetis on my way up so could distinguish that it was a fake), we were not entirely convinced with the story!

Our next day was spent descending and then climbing up 600m to get 70m higher to the town of Tengboche that rests at 3870m. Its famous for having the highest monastery in the world which was pretty impressive; Nick saw a monk with a playstation - its good to know that they have some time out. Day 6 of our schedule was spent dodging 100s of Yaks (big hairy cow type creatures) that were making their way back from Base Camp, fully loaded with gear from recent expeditions. After a filling lunch of tomato coloured, but not flavoured soup, we made our way to a town called Dingboche (4620m) that was going to be our home for the next two nights to acclimitaze.

Our rest day (Day 7) was thoughtfully spent climbing 400m up quite a big mountain to acclimitaze some more and get past the magic 5000m altitude mark, it took a good three hours and was completely knackering but worth it for the views at the top (even though the clouds had come in by the time we had got there, typical :)). Earlier we had watched runners of the highest marathon in the world (from Everest Base Camp to Namche Bazaar), its pretty tough stuff as you can imagine but the most impressive runner was an Irish guy who was blind and was running the whole marathon being guided by trekking poles attached to each wrist, pretty unbelievable to watch but we heard that he crossed the finish line at midnight. (He was guided by a friend in front holding two walking poles. The instructions varied little from "Rock, Uneven, Rock, Uneven" - you get the picture. The same guy has also done a few other crazy marathons - lowest, coldest etc.

We were getting closer to our destination and after an uneventful but completely sleepless night in Lobuche (4930m) we made our way to Gorak Shep (the town before Base Camp at 5160m). The walk there was not the most pleasant as alot of us were suffering from splitting headaches (a side effect of the altitude),

however we made it there after 2 1/2 hours of walking. That was only the start as after a hearty breakfast and lots of lemon tea we started on a 3 hour walk to Base Camp, at last! The walk was the 'same again' with lots of ups and downs but the views were pretty stunning as we got to walk alongside the Khumbu Glacier that runs down from Everest Base Camp. After a few slippery moments on the glacier we made it to the camp. It was quite cool to see where all these mad people start out the expedition but there were not too many tents left as most of the teams had already summited and left. After lots of obligatory team photos and a well deserved Snickers bar we made our way back to Gorak Shep for another sleepless night which was a killer after a good 8 hours of walking.

The next day we started our ascent of Kala Pattar, a 5545m mountain that gives great views of Everest and the surrounding horseshoe of mountains. I was quite grizzly before the ascent , having had a couple of hours sleep and a splitting headache so only made it 100m up the mountain before I thought 'sod this for a game of soldiers I am going back to bed'. Nick made it all the way to the top and said it was an amazing view, I got to see the pictures so I was not overly concerned that I was in fact a failure! Once the proper climbers had had their breakfast we headed down, I was so pleased at this point as had had enough of this high altitude malarky.

It took 2 days of walking to get back to Namche Bazaar where we celebrated Nick's 30th Birthday in style complete with drinking games, a chocolate birthday cake, and Tibetan prayer scarves that were given to Nick for good luck from the Sherpas. After a lazy rest day we walked down to Lukla - what took us 9 days to walk up, took us 3 days to walk down! I was so glad to arrive in Lukla and with our flight confirmed for the next day things were looking rosy...

...Of course nothing ever turns out perfectly and the next morning we woke to clouds set into the valley...and they did not shift all day..and it rained all day- no flight for us then! The next morning was pretty much the same story so we spent the day watching 5 different movies and playing cards, this was the longest flight delay I had experienced and it was not much fun especially when we heard the longest people had spent waiting for the weather to clear was 9 days! I contemplated walking for another 3 days to get back to Kathmandu but thankfully by day 3 of waiting the valley was visible so we made a quick exit to the airport and nervously waited for our flight. As the clouds descended again it was a bit touch and go but we did take off and I sat right behind the cockpit so watched the whole operation of the flight - looks a piece of phish this flying lark! It was good to be back in the hussle, bussle and smelly fumes of Kathmandu! The trekking company treated us to a celebration meal in the Rum Doodle Bar - a great way to end the trip and thanks to Himalayan Glacier - a very good company to go with (www.himalayanglacier.com).

really glad to do the Everest Base Camp trip but would not like to do it again!

The plan from Katmandu was to head to Pokhara by raft and bus but the Nepali strikes put paid to this! We therefore spent a few days just hilling in KTM with Hector and Nick from the trek. We did manage one days rafting which was fun but the journey there and back a bit of a disaster. Traffice made a 2 hour journey 4 hours on the way and then a puncture cost us another 2 hours on the way back. The rafting was ok but the rapids pretty small and the water not too clean - especially when we saw a dead dog floating past!

We said our goodbyes to Hector, Naba, Sagar etc and headed to the airport with yet another strike affecting traffic! Luckily the flight was on time and 40 mins later we were back in India and Varanassi - this would normally be a 20 hour plus journey by road! Looking forward to the heat, fumes, and friendly Rickshaw Wallahs like a hole in the head.

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Bulgaria12 May, 2007
Mr. Ognyan Varadinov

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp Trek

Namaste!

First of all many many thanks for all Himalayan Glacier kindness and support. Without Himalayan Glacier professional help and work we would not be able to do this amaising jorney; many thanks for all your efforts and kindest cooperation. Please give our thanks to the whole staff of HGT; on the first place we would like to thank all - for all kidnes and helpful aproach.

We are lucky to have HGT as our personal travel advisor for our stay in Nepal.

Furthermore we would like ot thank Home and our guide in the Kathmandu valley, both were very professional and reliable, it was a pleasure having them with us.
I hope to see all of you when we come again to Nepal - I have no doubt, we will come again some times!

My colleague Irena in planing a trip to Anapurna this Oct - Nov, will keep in touch for ever.

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United States26 Apr, 2007
Lynda and Peter Newbery

Could not stop writing about trip

Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour

Thanks for getting in touch.We arrived back in Bristol yesterday after a really great trip.I have some feedback for you! Guide and driver were both fantastic, they took good care of us and were able to be flexible about the trip.

1. The Land Cruiser was good and quite comfortable.

2. We were a very happy group of three, Rodolfo was the best possible travelling companion.

3. No problems with visas, permits etc., all went very smoothly and our arrival in Tibet was well-managed by Passang, our guide.

4. Accommodation was fine. You may be interested to know we found the most basic places (Nyalam and Tingri) were cleaner than the more sophisticated hotels at Shigatse and Gyantse.

5. Altitude sickness was a problem.
We felt there was not enough time to adjust in the first two days. Two of us were too ill to continue to Mt Qomolangma on the third day. Passang was very helpful and re-organised the programme, so that we stayed an extra day in Tingri to give us a chance to recover. Next day we went to Mt Qomolangma and stayed long enough to get up to the Base Camp. Then we had a long afternoon drive to Shigatse, which was hard on the driver but he was willing to do it and drove very well. We then stayed 2 nights in Shigatse (paid a little extra), which was lovely - it gave us time to stroll around the town as well as visiting the monastery (Tashilunpo).

6. Everything was good in Lhasa, we really loved staying in the Flora Hotel and having the opportunity to wander round the Barkhor area. By pure chance, we had to visit the Potala Palace in the afternoon, so went to the Jokhang Temple in the morning. This was a wonderful experience as we were in the company of many cheerful pilgrims and were able to see and listen to the monks chanting in the Assembly Hall. On our second day, instead of the Drepung and Sera Monastery, we followed Passang's suggestion and went to the Tibetan Museum, which we found most interesting - we all felt we had seen enough monasteries!

Passang was very conscientious and made sure we were safely delivered to our second hotel in Lhasa and that we got our train tickets. By the way, I would not recommend the Lhasa Hotel to anyone - not good value for money!

In the light of the changes we made to the schedule, you might consider offering alternative arrangements, especially for people of our age!

Overall, I must say that the problems were very small and the trip as a whole was very enjoyable and successful. Thank you so much for organising everything so well, we will definitely recommend your services to our friends.

If you need any more information about our trip, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Switzerland18 Apr, 2007
Andrea

Trip of my life

Everest Base Camp Trek

"Trip of My Life", I think I can easily say that this is one of the most impressive trips I have done in my life. As an amateur mountaineer (Alps) I have always dreamed of going to the Himalaya. In the case of mountains the slogan: Size does matter, really is true. Hiking along the highest mountains of the world is just sensational.

As many of the details of the trip can be taken from the homepage I just want to refer to those points many people worry before they start such a trip:

Guides: Nepalese people are extremely friendly. I think I have never seen people so attentive as here! Our guide would always look around in our rooms to see if we forgot something. He would be the one making sure that food arrives on time, that whatever we needed was on the table and would not stop running around until we all had what we needed and were satisfied (he knew after a day how we drink our tees/ coffees and would steer them for us!). It seems like we in Europe really have forgotten what good service means! In addition they all are well trained for mountain emergencies and know the area as the back of their pockets.

The agency: I had never before booked such a trip by Internet nor using a local agency and rather relied to book my trips from home. However my experience with Himalayan Glacier Trekking really made me change my mind. After the first time I requested via their homepage information about the trip, they called me the day after in order to start planning. Everything went extremely smooth. We got exactly what we had planned for. We could make any extra wishes and adapt the tour to our needs. They picked us up at the airport and arranged everything for us so we could concentrate on the pure enjoyment of the trip. All guides spoke good English and new a lot about the history of Nepal, so we learned a lot. I would definitely recommend to use a local agency since by this the money stays in the country and helps further the people of Nepal vs. just being cashed in by any foreigner. The quality you get is at least the same if not much higher since they really know they’re country and combine this knowledge with Nepalese service ship.

Security: Even though Nepal has suffered in the past from significant political turmoil, the situation now has stabilized considerably. However tourists are extremely important for the countries income so they are protected from various sites. Crime rate is very low, so compared with many other poor countries it is very safe for tourists. This does not mean that you shouldn’t take care of your stuff.

Accommodation: Hiking up the valley to the base camp, one comes across several villages in which numerous hostels are available. So in case you don’t make the whole way you had planned for the day, there is most likely the possibility to stop earlier. All hostels have a similar standart: they are very simple but cozy. You get a single or double room with a bunk bed and mostly a window with a spectacular view. Each lodge has a living room where everyone gathers together around the oven and has dinner, chat, play cards, read etc. Most of them even offer hot showers for a small extra charge.

Food: The selection is very broad and there is something for every taste: pasta, rice dishes, potatoes, pizza, nepalese traditional. It is really amazing that being so far away from any civilization there is still such a big selection of food. Only meet lovers will miss something out since this is quite scarce

Additional sites to visit: Katmandu is a must. But besides that I would also highly recommend if you can take 1or 2 days extra to go and visit Patan and Baktapur, which are 2 cities close to Katmandu. If you have even a bit more time the Chitwan National Park, which is 4h drive from Katmandu is also definitely worth it. We stayed at a very nice hotel in the middle of the forest and from there made daily excursions riding an elephant to go Rhino watching (2h rides per day + boat trip). The result: at least 15 Rhinos, 1 Ganges crocodile, 8-10 deer , numerous monkeys and hundreds of amazing birds. The landscape is a mixture of different types of forests mixed with savanna.

I would recommend traveling either at the beginning of the season or at the end as it can get somewhat busy during the main season.

Please contact Himalayan Glacier if you wish to get my contact address and ask further questions regarding the trip.

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Slovenia16 Apr, 2007
Uros Sever

Uros Sever in Nepal

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Uros Sever is a Tour Guide from Slovenia. 50-year old Sever is a frequent visitor of Nepal and has done many trekking trips in Nepal. Currently, he conducts trekking trips to Nepal by bringing groups from Slovenia and Croatia. Having recently come back from Manaslu Trek, Sever finds time to share some of his experience in trekking and climbing peaks in Nepal. Excerpts:

The first time I came to Nepal was in 1997. I have always wanted to come and see the Himalayas. Nepal was a transit point for me as my original plan was to cycle across Tibet. During the two weeks’ stay here, I not only went to Gosai Kunda (4380 m) on Langtang Trek, I also traveled to Ladakh in India for eight days.

I hail from the Alps. Back in Slovenia, I do a lot of mountaineering as well as biking. The duration of trekking in the Alps is getting shorter and shorter. One can go and come back from Alps in just two days which is so unlike in the Himalayas where you have to have at least 10 days to go and see the Himalayas.

Nepal was certainly a new experience for me, especially the charm of lodge and lodge trek. In trekking, you live and sleep more often than not in the midst of mountains. The other unique thing about trekking in Nepal is that one week time is too less to get anywhere. In Alps we measure time in hours but in the Himalayas it is in weeks.

I came back to Nepal in 2004 and overstretched the visa period of a total 150 days. This time I went for Round Annapurna Trek for over 21 days and also traveled to Tibet. I have been coming here every year ever since. I come here twice a year, mainly during Spring and Autumn seasons. Since 2005, I am bringing groups of a maximum of 15 tourists from Slovenia and Croatia. I take groups to Ladakh, Sikkim and Tibet besides Nepal.

In 2004, I also trekked to Nar Phu in the Manang region, one of the recently opened restricted areas. The route passes through laps of Annapurna and crisscrosses the Annapurna trek to reach Chame, the head quarter of Manang. The Nar Phu is an exotic and beautiful village in the Annapurna region characterized by narrow valleys, chortens, huge walls, caves and century old monasteries. Obviously this trip was very different from any other I have ever done. People here are still not used to tourists. Other attraction of this route is that it can also be visited during the summer because it is on the rain shadow area.

It was in 2007 that I climbed the Island Peak (6189m) as part of the Everest trek. Island Peak is considered comparatively more technical than others. For me Island Peak is an extension of EBC and with experienced Sherpa’s smooth operation, even people with no experience can also reach the top. It was nice and rejuvenating to stand atop the Island peak especially the feeling of being surrounded by 8000 m and 7000m summits. Moreover you get a sense of satisfaction and unparalleled accomplishment for the genuine efforts you put in. The same year I also climbed the Mera Peak (6476m)

Unlike Island Peak, Mera Peak is very different in its approach and technically challenging. You set up very high camps in Mera Peak so it is rather cold. We have to fix high camps in the snow however this effort is compensated by majestic views magnificent landscape. In addition, there is less number of tourists in this area. For people who would like to have big challenge in the Himalayas, try to attempt Mera Peak followed by Island Peak by crossing Ampu Lepcha Pass. This is a classic feat.

This year, in the spring, I trekked the Manaslu region, one of the remotest and less traveled trekking areas in Nepal. We tried to attempt Chulu East (6,584m) but couldn’t make it to the top. All in all it was a good combination. Once the road comes into operation in other trekking areas, I believe, Manaslu will be a possible option and very good alternative for Annapurna. This trek route is relativel longer than Annapurna as it takes at least 13 days to do the Round Manaslu with big stretches of snow.

Trekking peaks are increasingly becoming part and parcel of many treks. In fact nowadays climbing smaller peaks called trek peaks are added into trekking package. Indeed you do not need to be technically skilled to climb such peaks. The competent staffs and a close cooperation of expert guides make it possible for everyone. This is quite interesting for me as more and more people want to go to trek and climb.

I have been coordinating my trips with the help of Himalayan Glacier Trekking. The trips run by HGT have more added values and its service is reliable and suits the international standards. It is very important to find agencies that meet what tourists expect by building a convenient level of understanding and HGT is one.This year I am also planning to go to Dolpo, climb Pachermo (6187m) and go trekking in the Rolwaling Valley that falls in Manaslu region. Manaslu is very near and easily accessible. Remote areas like Kanchenjunga, Dolpa, Manaslu, Arun Valley are some of the remote and best places to trek in Nepal.

I am interested in each and every trek in Nepal. I enjoy the different and varied landscapes while trekking. I also love indigenous culture and living style of various ethnic groups settled across the remotest corners of Nepal. For me trekking is part of my life. Trekking is a very simple act where you do not have bother about anything and do not have to worry about basic things like food and accommodation.

Between extensive and intensive traveling I would choose the latter, as it involves covering one country and its different attractions and aspects instead of trying to go to all the countries in the world. For me Nepal very much serve my intention. In spite of so many years of traveling, I still do not understand many things about Nepal. I think Nepalese life is different from the west. So it is in traveler’s interest to know about local people and culture as much as possible.

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Slovenia14 Apr, 2007
Bojana

Nepal -Tibet tour

Nepal and Tibet Tour

Now it has been past nearly one month from our Nepal -Tibet tour, and it is really sweet to remember on it.I have finally all the photos ready to represent the tour to other people. I will make a few public representations, as I like to do that very much. Some of the photos are realy fascinating specially now after some time has been past.

Kailash trek is something special becouse you are so high and so you are proud that you had managed that. The mountain itself and the lake Manasarovar also are magnificent.You cant find something like that in Europe. And the pillgrims you met on the way they are something special too.

The trek in Nepal was simply a very pleasent experience for us,not only because of the beautiful nature,magnificent waterfalls and remote dreamy villages, but because of our guide Lok and the two guys - porters in the first place.

We spent some time also in Kathmandu. I would say Kathmandu is a tipical high crawded asian town. I have seen already many of such towns and they all have some special charm. But Kathmandu was for us in spite of terrible trafic and crawd a place we liked it very much. Almost every day we visited the Mountain Glacier Agency office to contact Naba, another very nice and helpful person in Nepal. There is no problem, that Naba coudn't help or find a good solution immediately.

So, if you travel to Nepal, I would highly recomend to find Naba and Lok in Mountain Glacier Agency to contact with.

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United States10 Apr, 2007
Eva and brother Marek

Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour

Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp

That was absolutely pleasure for us to go through the himalayan glacier tour company and we will definitely recommend you to all our friends and also we looking foreword to do more things through your agency in the future.

We were very happy from the first time we came to your office and we are really appreciate your help and recommendation with our annapurna sunrise track which was absolutely wonderful.

Our guide Dol was great,very warm person also very helpful and friendly from the first time we met him which was very important during our treck as well.We were very pleased to have him with us and saw all that beauty which you have in your wonderful country.Also is so nice to know how many things you are offering in your agency so we know we can come back every year and every time we can do something else as is so many choices from all your offer, which is great.

I was very happy that you were recommend us encounter hotel as well,as that was very nice to stay there with all friendly stuff who's we met there.

We were very well looked during the tibet tour as well from the begining to the end.from the time we went out from nepal.there was a strajk on our way to Zhagmu on the main road,our driver didn't hesitated,and took us different way and safetly drop us to the border.on the nepal-tibet border another guaid took care of us and after we passed the border tibetian guyed looked after us for hole 10days and we had an amaizing time in tibet.Tsurin(i dont know the spelling,sorry)he was great and he showed an excellent work. when Anna,our friend who was join the trip with uson the beggining,felt sick.Tsurin automatickly help to find the jeep and help anna go back to kathmandu as she really wasn't well and that was the best for her as well even we really missed her during the our travel.
Also when i felt sick in Everest base camp,because of the high attitude,(even being in everest base camp was really interesting and great experience)
so when i wasnt well our guide was very helpful,encourage me to eat something,having a good cup of tea and change the trip little bit and took us to shigatse instead of staying one more day in base camp.And i really felt much much better and i could enjoy the rest of our trip as well.
Also flight back went very easy and smoothly as everything was very well organized as i knew few people had a problem on the airport because of the visa.But you naba, you were arrange everything very well for us and our trip was ,save and beautiful full of wonderful things.
We are really aprettiated that you were looking after us from the beginning till the end and finished everything with lovely lunch in Kathmandu and talk about our trip with us.

We would like to say thank you to you and also thanks so much to all those wonderful people as is Dol,people in Pokora in the hotel where we were stayed over night,our guyed in tibet,all drivers,people in hotel encounter and everyone who were looked after us during our stay in Nepal and Tibet.Those people are working hard and doing excellent job,they all are friendly and very warm and helpful and i wish more people would be like them.

We will recommend your agency to everyone who we know.And we will be back.

Thank you so so much and we wish you all the best.

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