Bucket List--Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge Trek
My husband and I organzied a family trip to Everest Base Camp, something that had been on our bucket list. We had originally planned the trip two years ago but the tragic earthquake in Nepal caused us to change our plans. Himalayan Glacier was willing to hold our deposit and allow us to reschedule our trip this past May 2017.¬†
We had seven in our group, ranging from 20 to 58 years old. Our guides were able to hike with the fastest of us, and were patient enough to trek with the slowest of us! ¬†Our group arrived from all over the world and each of us was met by ¬†at the airport in Kathmandu. Late and cancelled flights caused some schedules to change and Himalayan Glacier was flexible and rearranged some things as necessary.¬†Logistically, everything went very smoothly.
On our first day we were given a great tour of Kathmandu, a briefing to pick up our gear, and a kick-off dinner. The next day we had a very early wake-up for our flight to Lukla. Fortunately, the company knew to make reservations on the first flights out in the morning because bad weather so often cancelled flghts. Our flight was the second to last to land in Lukla before the flights were cancelled for the rest of the day. Although we didn't love our early wake up call, we were happy that we had made it to Lukla and were on our way!
We chose the Luxury Lodge trip and the Yeti Mountain Homes that we stayed in were nice. As we got higher and began to stay in tea houses, there were a couple of times that we changed from the ones that had originally been booked by Himalayan Glacier to ones that were newer and nicer. Our guide was always able and willing to make these changes for us and overall, I feel like we stayed in the best available places, although sometimes it seemed that we figured out which ones these were.
¬†The itinerary of our trek was very reasonable and insured that we would all acclimate well and would have a successful trip to EBC. In both Namche and Dingboche we spent two nights but took day hikes on our off-day to make sure that we were acclimating. Our guides were knowledgeable of the risks associated with hiking too quickly and made sure we followed best practices. As a result we all made it safely and without any issues. When someone did have the occasional headache, the guide had the right medication in case we had forgotten it.¬†
Although communication was a little difficult at times due to the language differences, we always managed to fiugre things out eventually. Our guides and our porters were very open and willing to help accomodate us in any way they could. For example, although we had great weather most days, our porters were always fairly close in case we needed to retireve clothes for rain or cold during the day. The porters were always friendly and smiling and helpful. We had a great team!
Thank you to our Himalayan Glacier Team for a wonderful trip to Everest Base Camp!